So, at the end of this article I’ll give you an example of how the naming system works for two different Regions – the North Atlantic and the North Indian Ocean (tables are taken from

The North Atlantic Tropical Storm Naming System
North Atlantic tropical storm naming system lists

This table shows the six naming lists that are currently in use by the National Hurricane Centre which is covering the North Atlantic Region. These alphabetical lists are repeated every six years, and each list is assigned to a different year. This means that the first tropical storm for 2014 will be called Arthur, as well as the first one for 2020. Names can be retired and replaced from the North American naming lists if they are assigned to a significant hurricane. Also, you can see that the lists include both male and female names. If the names for a certain year are all used, letters from the Greek alphabet are used.

The North Indian Tropical Storm Naming System
current North Indian Ocean cyclone naming system list

This table includes eight lists on names. The lists are composed of eight name suggestions from nations from the region. However, the names are not in alphabetical order. Instead, the future tropical storm names are ordered in alphabetical order according to the country which proposed each eight of them, starting off with Bangladesh and finishing with Thailand. The lists are not repetitive, which means that not retirement of a significant storm’s name is needed as none of the name will ever be used again.

So, there you go. Now you can go and say that you actually know stuff about hurricane naming…and that they actually escalate from tropical storms which is what is actually named by the meteorological centres : )

If you’re interested in reading more naming-related stories check out our article on the recent name choice for two of Pluto’s moons!