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Hurricane Names for 2005

Well, we’ve been hit by the first Tropical Storm in the Altantic Ocean that, luckily, did not turn into a hurricane, but I thought you might like to know the storm names that will be issued this year.

Since we are in the direct path of many of the potential tropical storms and hurricanes that come either across from Africa or up from South America, these names have more meaning than most names. In areas where hurricanes hit, these names are used like time references, recalling a moment in time when things were, shall we say, not at their best.

People around here talk about Ivan, Bonnie, Camile, Floyd, Hugo, and in Florida, they still speak of Andrew, which decimated much of the southern tip of Florida.

It’s strange to be on a first-name basis with the wrath of nature. I often wonder if Mother-Nature names her storms and what those names would sound like. “Theodore is a bad boy. I’ll just send him out to see what trouble he can get into on his own.” “That Samuel, always a bother. About time he got out of the house and figured out what all this nature business was about.” “Annabel, you would think such a pretty little thing would keep a cleaner house. Pity she never learned how to clean up behind herself.”

Still, as I sit here, relieved that the first storm of the season fizzled out in Mobile Bay before it reached us, I wonder what these names will portend in the future. In the future, we will look back and talk about what happened during Cindy, Emily, Gert, or Katrina? I sure hope not.

Here are the names for the Atlantic storms for 2005:

Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince, Wilma


  • Alyssia
    Posted July 4, 2005 at 10:19 | Permalink

    This is an awsome site keep up the awsome work ohh by the way i think emily is an awsome name.

  • melissa
    Posted July 4, 2005 at 10:22 | Permalink

    my friend is moving to florida and i was hoping you could show the predictions of the weather.

  • Posted July 4, 2005 at 10:52 | Permalink

    If I could predict hurricanes, I’d be famous. I only run from them. I think that all people who knowingly choose to live in the path of nature’s fury have to understand that they do so by choice, not fate. More and more people risk their lives by moving to areas within the US that are KNOWN disaster areas. Florida, California, and other places.

    We’re planning on getting out of here as soon as possible, away from tornados and hurricanes.

    And if you are looking for predictions? Remember, if it did it once, it might again, but if it does it regularly year after year after year after year, then the odds are pretty much in favor of it happening again.

    That’s a time-tested prediction.

  • Bernice Rauth
    Posted July 7, 2005 at 19:02 | Permalink

    When do you think Bernice will be used for a hurricane name?

  • Posted July 7, 2005 at 21:52 | Permalink

    As a matter of fact, I did a little Internet search and found this:

    Hurricane Bernice did not make landfall, but was a designated hurricane in the Pacific Ocean off of the Baja July 1-17, 1969. Many boats were caught in its fury though.

    Naming hurricanes began in 1953 and in 1979, the names were changed to include men. Before, only women’s names were used. There are six lists of names which are repeated every six years. Bernice is not on that list. When a storm has caused massive injuries, death, and damage, the name is retired from the list and a new one is voted in. There is a list of backup names to fill in for those, but again, Bernice is not on that list.

    There are also names for storms outside of the Atlantic . NOAA has a list of Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names, and sorry, Bernice is not on the list though Bernie and Beatriz are. Close. ;-)

    NOAA’s History of the Naming of Storms provides even more information on this topic. Very fascinating stuff, the naming of storms.

  • Molly Robinson
    Posted July 11, 2005 at 12:18 | Permalink

    Keep up the great work! The Best Site! thank you

  • jennifer king
    Posted September 22, 2005 at 12:21 | Permalink

    If the names are recycled when is more added? and could we run out of names? Will Jennifer ever be a name?

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