These First Names Will Title Each Hurricane This 2022 Season
Did your name make the list? The National Hurricane Center's official 2022 list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names has been released.
Did you know that the names are used in rotation and recycled every six years? Most of the 21 names for 2022 will be used again in 2028. However, sometimes the named storms gain enough notoriety for their death and damage that the names are “retired” from the list. Retiring a name in sports is a good thing, but if you retire a hurricane name, that's probably a bad thing. We don't want that in 2022.
For example, Katrina was retired in 2005 and Sandy was retired in 2012. Ida was retired last year in 2021.
You might ask, how are hurricane names chosen?
The World Meteorological Organization names each hurricane using a few key factors.
- Names cover only 21 letters of the alphabet because of how hard it is to find a name that starts with Q, U, X, Y and Z.
- English, French and Spanish names are used in balance on the list to reflect the geographical coverage of Atlantic and Caribbean storms.
- "The list is also gender-balanced and respectful of societal sensitivities."
Thank You to Robert Villalpando for the info!
The National Hurricane Center is predicting another above average hurricane season for 2022.
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. NOAA’s outlook for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.
2022 hurricane names are below: