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Sep 18, 2020

2020 Atlantic Season Runs Out of Names

The 2020 Hurricane Season has exhausted all the named storms presented at the start of the season. Today, when Tropical Storm Wilfred formed, the National Hurricane Center had to turn to the Greek Alphabet and they already have one named storm from that list, Alpha. This is only the second time in recorded history that the Atlantic Hurricane Season ran out of storm names. News Five spoke with Acting Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon.


On the Phone: Ronald Gordon, Acting Chief Meteorologist

“I can confirm that we have passed all the names that are prepared in advance for named storms in the season. If my memory is correct, I think it is a total of twenty-three names that are normally allotted for each season. And as of this morning we had Tropical Storm Wilfred forming over the Tropical Atlantic Ocean becoming the last storm to have an official name like is normally issued. The last time this occurred was in the year 2005 when all the names were used and we entered into the Greek alphabet. I can also add that as we speak we also have already another storm formed using the first Greek alphabet which is Alpha. So, Tropical Storm Alpha is in the north east Atlantic Ocean about a few hundred miles west of Portugal. So, we have exhausted all the names and we are already in the Greek Alphabet this season.”


Andrea Polanco

“When we see something like this happening – is it that the year is super active in terms of the storms being formed?”


On the Phone: Ronald Gordon

“It is super active. I can confirm that indeed. Typically that doesn’t occur and like I said that has occurred one time before in the year 2005. So, this would be the second time this is occurring in history since we started to name storms, as far as I know. Typically an average season would have twelve or thirteen named storms and we already have with Alpha forming now it would be twenty-four named storms so far for the season and we are just at the eighteenth of September. So, we have just passed the climatological peak of the season. So, if this trend continues we are going to go way into the Greek alphabet for this year which indeed confirms that it is a very active hurricane season.”

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