2018 Tropical Atlantic Storm Names

Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1. Here are the World Meteorological Organization’s list of names for tropical systems in the north Atlantic:

These names are issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The lists of names are rotated on a six year cycle. Most of the names that will be used this year for tropical systems were also used in 2012.

Seaside Heights, NJ, November 12,2012–The iconic roller coaster that had been part of the Seaside Heights boardwalk for over 70 years sits in the Atlantic Ocean after Hurricane Sandy pushed the roller coaster into the ocean. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA

One notable name that is not on this list but was in 2012 is “Sandy”. WMO retired this name in 2013 after it caused significant damage and resulted in deaths. “Sara” takes its place for the 2018 season.

Meteorologists at Colorado State University forecast 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes (category 3+ on the Saffir-Simpson scale) this season. A typical season features 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Be sure to keep an eye on the tropical forecast if you plan to travel this year.

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on May 9, 2018

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