Published: 2008-08-02 13:12:28
Updated: 2008-08-02 13:12:28
Posted August 2, 2008
By Sue Frohman
MIKE MOSS SAYS: Sue, Thanks for the kind words, and even thought you've been here for a while now, welcome to the state!
The list of tropical storm/hurricane names for the Atlantic Basin is maintained by a regional subcommittee of the World Meteorological Organization. That group has had a long-standing policy of establishing six lists of names that are used on a rotating basis, beginning each season with the "A" name. So, a storm name used in 2000 could be used again in 2006 and so on, as you noted from the examples in Dr Robinson's book. The exeption is for storms that cause an especially large amount of fatalities or destruction. They can be nominated for retirement from the list of names so that, for example, Fran, Floyd, Katrina and Rita will never be used again and have been replaced by new names starting with the same letter.
In any year, should the list of names be exhausted, any further storms will be names with the Greek alphabet. You can read a nice summary of the entire naming process, along with all currently assigned names and procedures for storm basins worldwide, along with links to a list of retired names, at