We've Got the Complete List of Hurricane Names 2022 and Reveal Why These Names Might Sound Familiar!

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts a whopping six months of the year, so it's no wonder why we have to keep track of each tropical storm with its own name. Hurricane season, in the Atlantic, goes from June 1 through Nov. 30, with the peak of the season taking place between August and October. In 2022, there have already been nine named storms (which is about half of the predicted named storms for the year). And while each individual storm is unique, you may be surprised to find that the list of hurricane names gets made before the season even starts.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, any tropical storm that produces winds over 39 miles per hour gets a name. Those storms that reach winds over 74 miles per hour are then upgraded to hurricane status. So, although there have been eight other named storms so far this year, the first named hurricane that has actually hit the U.S., in Florida, is Hurricane Ian.

If you are wondering about who gets to name the hurricanes and tropical storms, we've got all the details. Find out how tropical storms get their names, as well as which hurricane names can get recycled and which ones must be retired.

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How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

The list of hurricane names is managed by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). They come up with lists of names that are alphabetical in order and start with a female name then a male name and continue alternating in this way. The list always contains 21 names because the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used for naming.

There is a total of six lists that get rotated throughout the years. So, the list that was used in 2016 is the same list used in 2022.

The only changes to the list occur after a hurricane was so severe and deadly that its particular name has become too representative of that specific storm and then becomes retired, with a replacement chosen by the WMO.

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List of Hurricane Names for 2022

Here is the complete list of hurricane names for 2022, with the bolded names representing storms that have already taken place this year.

  1. Alex

  2. Bonnie

  3. Colin

  4. Danielle

  5. Earl

  6. Fiona

  7. Gaston

  8. Hermine

  9. Ian

  10. Julia

  11. Karl

  12. Lisa

  13. Martin

  14. Nicole

  15. Owen

  16. Paula

  17. Richard

  18. Shary

  19. Tobias

  20. Virginie

  21. Walter

Alex, Bonnie and Colin were the first tropical storms of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, beginning in early June. Tropical Storm Alex was the only one of the three to hit Florida. Then, Hurricane Danielle was the first official hurricane to appear this year, followed by Hurricane Earl (neither of them hit the U.S.).

After those two hurricanes, tropical storms Fiona, Gaston and Hermine followed.

Hurricane Ian was the first hurricane this year to hit the U.S., and it made landfall on Sept. 28, 2022 in southwest Florida. Ian is one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Florida with winds at 150 miles per hour, and cities in the path of the storm face catastrophic damage.

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What if All of the Names for the Year Have Been Used Up?

It is possible that in any given year there could be more tropical storms than there are names on the list. This actually happened in 2020—there were a total of 30 named storms which was nine over the list of selected names. Therefore, the additional storms went by the Greek alphabet—with names including Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta and Iota.

However, because of the distracting and confusing nature of its use, the WMO decided to eliminate using the Greek alphabet and came up with a backup list of names instead.

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Retired Hurricane Names

The following names have been retired from use going back to 1953, soon after Atlantic storms were first named. Some years don't have any retired names, while others may have as many as five.

1954: Carol and Hazel

1955: Connie, Diane, Ione and Janet

1957: Audrey

1960: Donna

1961: Carla and Hattie

1963: Flora

1964: Cleo, Dora and Hilda

1965: Betsy

1966: Inez

1967: Beulah

1968: Edna

1969: Camille

1970: Celia

1972: Agnes

1974: Carmen and Fifi

1975: Eloise

1977: Anita

1979: David and Frederick

1980: Allen

1983: Alicia

1985: Elena and Gloria

1988: Gilbert and Joan

1989: Hugo

1990: Diana and Klaus

1991: Bob

1992: Andrew

1995: Luis, Marilyn, Opal and Roxanne

1996: Cesar, Fran and Hortense

1998: Georges and Mitch

1999: Floyd and Lenny

2000: Keith

2001: Allison, Iris and Michelle

2002: Isidore and Lili

2003: Fabian, Isabel and Juan

2004: Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne

2005: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma

2007: Dean, Felix and Noel

2008: Gustav, Ike and Paloma

2010: Igor and Tomas

2011: Irene

2012: Sandy

2013: Ingrid

2015: Erika and Joaquin

2016: Matthew and Otto

2017: Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate

2018: Florence and Michael

2019: Dorian

2020: Laura, Eta and Iota

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