WFXR Weather Trivia: Making and maintaining hurricane names


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is underway. So far, five names — Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, and Elsa — have been crossed off the list of this season’s hurricane names.

Since the early 1950s, the United States has been naming tropical storms and hurricanes. There are six lists of names that are used in rotation and re-cycled every six years. This means the 2021 list will be used again in 2027.

So who develops and maintains the list of Atlantic hurricane names? Check out the answer below to see if you’re right:

According to the National Hurricane Center, the lists of names are maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Certain names are retired if a storm is deadly or costly. The WMO committee meets annually to discuss retiring storm names, as well as to select another name to replace them.

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