Miami, Fla. – We’re coming off the most active hurricane season on record and there will be some changes to how storms are named before the next season starts in June.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Hurricane Committee announced that the Greek alphabet will not be used in future hurricane seasons, “because it creates a distraction from the communication of hazard and storm warnings and is potentially confusing,” per Dennis Feltgen, the Communications and Public Affairs Officer for the National Hurricane Center.
The organization has created a supplemental list of names with the standard alphabet that can be used when the yearly list is exhausted. There are 21 names on the Atlantic basin list and 24 on the Pacific basin list. Any of those names could be retired and replaced when required.
In addition to the naming convention changes, the WMO also announced that four storms from the past two hurricane seasons would have their names retired, due to the death and destruction that each storm caused.
Dorian will be replaced by Dexter when 2019′s list is used again in 2025. Leah is the new name on the 2020 list, to be used in lieu of Laura in 2026. As the Greek alphabet will not be used again, there are no replacements for Eta and Iota.