These Hurricanes Were So Bad, Their Names Were Retired
From the Patch archives: See how many of these you remember.
Ever wonder why you hear some hurricane names again? Or why some names disappear?
Here's the scoop on hurricane names, straight from NOAA:
For Atlantic hurricanes, there is actually one list for each of six years. In other words, one list is repeated every seventh year. The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the committee (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it.
There is an exception to the retirement rule, however. Before 1979, when the first permanent six-year storm name list began, some storm names were simply not used anymore. For example, in 1966, "Fern" was substituted for "Frieda," and no reason was cited.
Below is a list of retired names, in alphabetical order, for hurricanes from the Atlantic Ocean: