Four hurricane names retired after devastating 2017 season
The World Meteorological Organization has announced that four names have been retired after such a devastating 2017 hurricane season in the Atlantic. Names like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate will never be used to name a storm in the Atlantic Ocean Basin. These four names have been replaced with Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel.
The World Meteorological Organization has a committee designed to naming storms. Storms are named, because they're easier to remember and study. If we were to ask, "Remember storm #8 from 2017?" you probably would have a hard time recalling. However, if we asked, "Remember Hurricane Harvey?" Boom! You remember right away what we're talking about!
The four names retired in 2017 comes as the most since 2005 when Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma were taken off the list.
The names that are in rotation for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season are shown below. The first outlook for the upcoming season was released just last week.
We should learn about the outlooks from North Carolina State University and from NOAA very soon.