2010 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Names

It's looking like a very active season! Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick explains when naming of tropical systems began and gives you the list of names for the 2010 season. Is your name on the list?

See full size imageShelly Jackson of Hurricane, WV (how appropriate) asks: "What's the list of names for the hurricanes this year?"

Below you will find the listing of hurricane names for the Atlantic Ocean for the year 2010. For every year, there is a pre-approved list of tropical storm and hurricane names. These lists have been generated by the National Hurricane Center since 1953. At first, the lists consisted of only female names; however, since 1979, the lists alternate between male and female.

Hurricanes are named alphabetically from the list in chronological order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain hurricane names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U."

There are six lists that continue to rotate. The lists only change when there is a hurricane that is so devastating, the name is retired and another hurricane name replaces it. The 2010 hurricane name list is the same as the 2004 hurricane name list although four hurricane names were retired after the devastating 2004 hurricane season so on the 2010 list Charley was replaced by Colin, Frances was replaced by Fiona, Ivan was replaced by Igor and Jeanne was replaced by Julia.

2010 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Names:

Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Igor
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tomas
Virginie
Walter

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