As Hurricane Dorian continues its path through the Atlantic, it may have made an impression that the storm has a rather uncommon name.

According to the National Hurricane Center, naming Atlantic storms is pretty serious business, with the practice going back to the early 1950s.

If some of the names seem familiar, well, that's because you've probably seen them before, with half a dozen lists of 21 names being recycled every 6 years.

There are only 21 because they leave out the letters U, Q, X, Y, and Z.

Sorry if your name is Quincy, Yolanda, or Zeke, but there won't be any official Atlantic storms named after you anytime soon.

The only times that new names are added to the list is when storms are historically damaging, leading to the name being retired.

Some notable examples of retired names came courtesy of Hurricane Andrew (1992), Hurricane Floyd (1999), and of course Superstorm Sandy (2012).

So, what other names can we expect this year?

From the exotic (watch out for Hurricane Olga!) to the relatively common (I'm looking at you, Hurricane Karen), here are the other names that share the list with Dorian for 2019's Atlantic storm season:

  • Andrea
  • Barry
  • Chantal
  • Dorian
  • Erin
  • Fernand
  • Gabrielle
  • Humberto
  • Imelda
  • Jerry
  • Karen
  • Lorenzo
  • Melissa
  • Nestor
  • Olga
  • Pablo
  • Rebekah
  • Sebastien
  • Tanya
  • Van
  • Wendy

You can read much more about the history of tropical cyclone names by clicking here for the National Hurricane Center's official page.



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