ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Are you a weather enthusiast? Love watching the skies? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!

In what year were male names first included in lists for the Atlantic hurricane season?

For a two-year period, the United States named storms by using a phonetic alphabet. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the nation abandoned the plan in 1953 when a new, international phonetic alphabet was introduced. Instead, U.S. forecasters began using female names for storms.

In 1978, men’s and women’s names were included in the Eastern North Pacific storm lists. Male names weren’t included in the Atlantic storm lists until 1979.

The practice of naming storms was adopted to reduce confusion when two or more tropical storms develop and occur at the same time.

Atlantic tropical storms used to be named from lists organized by the NHC. Those lists are now strictly maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization.