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13 What names have been retired in the Atlantic basin?




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This article is from the Storms FAQ, by Chris Landsea landsea@aoml.noaa.gov with numerous contributions by others.

13 What names have been retired in the Atlantic basin?

In the Atlantic basin, tropical cyclone names are "retired" (that is, not
to be used again for a new storm) if it is deemed to be quite noteworthy
because of the damage and/or deaths it caused. This is to prevent confusion
with a historically well-known cyclone with a current one in the Atlantic
basin. The following list gives the names that have been retired through
the year 1996 and the year of the storm in question. (Kindly provided by
Gary Padgett, Jack Beven and James Lewis Free).

Agnes 1972, Alicia 1983, Allen 1980, Andrew 1992, Anita 1977, Audrey 1957

Betsy 1965, Beulah 1967, Bob 1991

Camille 1969, Carla 1961, Carmen 1974, Carol 1965, Celia 1970, Cesar 1996,
Cleo 1964, Connie 1955

David 1979, Diana 1990, Diane 1955, Donna 1960, Dora 1964

Edna 1968, Elena 1985, Eloise 1975

Fifi 1974, Flora 1963, Fran 1996, Frederic 1979

Gilbert 1988, Gloria 1985, Gracie 1959

Hattie 1961, Hazel 1954, Hilda 1964, Hortense 1996, Hugo 1989

Inez 1966, Ione 1955

Janet 1955, Joan 1988

Klaus 1990

Luis 1995

Marilyn 1995

Opal 1995

Roxanne 1995

B4) What is the origin of the name "hurricane"?

"HURRICANE...derived from 'hurican', the Carib god of evil...
 alternative spellings:  foracan, foracane, furacana, furacane, furicane, 
                         furicano, haracana, harauncana, haraucane, 
                         haroucana, harrycain, hauracane, haurachana,  
                         herican, hericane, hericano, herocane, herricao,
                         herycano, heuricane, hiracano, hirecano, hurac[s]n, 
                         huracano, hurican, hurleblast, hurlecan, hurlecano,
                         hurlicano, hurrican, hurricano, hyrracano, urycan,
                         hyrricano, jimmycane, oraucan, uracan, uracano"

From the _Glossary of Meteorology_

 

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