Is your name on the 2011 list of hurricanes and tropical storms?
Today marks the beginning of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season, and U.S. forecasters are expecting an above average year, predicting three to six major hurricanes that, according to one report, could pose a risk to 1.8 million coastal homes.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has generated lists of tropical storm names that have been in use since 1953, now maintained by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. Initially, the lists only utilized women's names, but have been alternating with men's names since 1979.
According to the NHC, six lists of names are used in rotation, so the list of 2011 hurricane names is the same as in 2005, with a few exceptions. Devastating hurricanes are retired from the list, so this year Dennis is replaced with Don, Katrina with Katia, Rita with Rina, Stan with Sean, and Wilma with Whitney.
Visit the NHC for more information about worldwide tropical cyclone identification.
2011 Atlantic Hurricane Names