The names of this season’s Atlantic hurricanes may sound familiar
If you thought you heard this hurricane name before, you might be right.
For starters, a quick reminder on how hurricanes get their names might come in handy. Every six years, the National Hurricane Center rotates through the same alphabetical list of names.
You can see the list of names for the 2021 season below:
There is one notable exception, however: if the World Meteorological Organization considers a storm to be deadly or destructive enough, then its name is permanently withdrawn.
Earlier this year, four storms (three storms from 2020 and one from 2019) had their names removed.
Last time we used this list: 2015
Since the hurricane name lists are refreshed every six years, that would make the 2015 season the last time we saw this list of names for the Atlantic Basin.
That said, 2015 was not really an active hurricane year. It included 11 named storms, four hurricanes and just two major hurricanes – all below the 30-year averages for the Atlantic Basin.
However, two notable storms did occur that year and one ravaged parts of the southeastern United States.
Hurricane Joaquin – a powerful Category 4 storm at its peak east of the Bahamas – caused catastrophic flooding along parts of the eastern seaboard of the United States, with South Carolina particularly hard hit.
Joaquin’s residual moisture combined with a blocked cold front produced up to 20 inches of rain in South Carolina, resulting in 19 flood-related deaths in that state alone.
The World Meteorological Organization withdrew Joaquin’s name after the 2015 season with Erika, after this latest storm caused fatal flooding in parts of the Caribbean in late August and early September of the same year.
Other highlights from this list of names
This rotating list was also in play during the active season of 2003, which included Hurricanes Fabian, Isabel and Juan.
Isabel in particular could be a memory for residents of the Mid-Atlantic and North Carolina, having killed more than 50 people after making landfall on the North Carolina coast as a Category 2 storm. Isabel was also a Category 5 hurricane at its peak near the Bahamas.
In 1991, Hurricanes Bob and Grace had a big impact on the east coast of the United States. same name.
Hurricane Bob, which made landfall in southern New England as a Category 2 storm, had its name withdrawn after the 1991 season.
The same list of names also produced several notable storms in 1985, particularly on the East Coast. Hurricanes Bob and especially Hurricane Gloria ravaged the region that year.
Gloria had her name removed after making landfall in Long Island, NY as a Category 1, and it caused nearly $ 1 billion in damage while cutting power to over 1.5 million customers.
Also in 1985, Category 2 Hurricane Kate hit Florida begging particularly hard, cutting off 90% of power to the state capital, Tallahassee.
Hurricanes David and Frederick saw their names withdraw after the 1979 season, which was the first season to use this current list of names (male names were not added until 1979). David killed more than 2,000 people in the Dominican Republic as it made landfall as Category 5, the country’s strongest storm on record.
Meanwhile, Frederick caused extensive damage on the Alabama and Mississippi coasts after making landfall near Dauphin Island, Alabama as a Category 3 storm.