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Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: 2012 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Names

It's looking like it could be an active season! Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick explains when naming of tropical systems began and gives you the list of names for the 2012 season. Is your name on the list?

Donna of Hurricane, WV (how appropriate, right?) asks: "What's the list of names for the hurricanes this year?"

Below you will find the listing of tropical storm and hurricane names for the Atlantic Ocean basin this season. For every year, there is a pre-approved list of 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. So 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 2011 hurricane name list is the same as the 2005.  Although four hurricane names were retired after the devastating 2005 hurricane season so on the 2011 list Dennis was replaced by Don, Katrina was replaced by Katia, Rita was replaced by Rina, Stan was replaced Sean, and Wilma was replaced by Whitney.

The 2012 Atlantic Tropical System Names

Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sandy
Tony
Valerie
William

Is your name on the list?

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