A look at the hurricane names for 2023
Fiona and Ian have officially been retired
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - March is rapidly coming to a close, which means hurricane season is now just two months away. No official hurricane season forecasts have been released yet, but that will change in the coming weeks.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic officially starts on June 1st and comes to a close on November 30th. The peak of hurricane season occurs between mid-August and mid-October.
This year features a list of names very similar to the names back in 2017. That’s because the lists of names are reused every six years, with any retired names being replaced.
The list of names is: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harold, Idalia, Jose, Katia, Lee, Margot, Nigel, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, and Whitney.
And speaking of retired names, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) officially retired the names Fiona and Ian. This comes after the death and destruction caused by both storms during 2022′s hurricane season.
The list of retired names now sits at 96. Every letter except “V” has at least one retired name. The letter “I” has the most retired names with 14 after Ian was added.
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