2020 Storm Name List Officially Exhausted

September 22, 2020

Highlighting the high level of activity during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season so far, the naming of Wilfred last week officially exhausted 2020′s list of storm names, with two subsequent storms – the 22nd and 23rd of the season – being referred to as Alpha and Beta.

That high level of activity has been accentuated in Bermuda by the recent passing of Hurricane Paulette and Hurricane Teddy.

Paulette was the earliest P named storm on record, and to provide a comparison, last year we were also struck by a hurricane in September, and that was an H named storm, Humberto, obviously much earlier on in the storm name list, which is in alphabetical order.

“In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet,” the NHC website states, with the ‘overflow’ names set to start with Alpha, then Beta, Gamma, Delta etc.

“There are no Q, U, X, Y or Z names because of the lack of usable names that begin with those letters. If more than 21 storms form in one season, such as in 2005, the Greek alphabet is used to name the additional storms,” USA Today report.

Last week NOAA posted the video snippet below, saying, “In this view from NOAA GOES16, you can see 1 system spinning in the E. Pacific, Karina & 5 systems in Atlantic, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy & Vicky. This is 1st time since Sept 1971 with 5 named storms at once in Atlantic”

The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30, and the 2020 Atlantic storm names are below:

  1. Arthur
  2. Bertha
  3. Cristobal
  4. Dolly
  5. Edouard
  6. Fay
  7. Gonzalo
  8. Hanna
  9. Isaias
  10. Josephine
  11. Kyle
  12. Laura
  13. Marco
  14. Nana
  15. Omar
  16. Paulette
  17. Rene
  18. Sally
  19. Teddy
  20. Vicky
  21. Wilfred

In addition to this super busy hurricane season, the world is also dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, and in Bermuda’s case, we also have an election on the horizon, with the 2020 General Election set to take place on October 1.

click here Bermuda 2019 Hurricane Season

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