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Meteorologists have run out of names for cyclones (storms and hurricanes) in the Atlantic.

News (in Russian) - Второй раз за всю историю наблюдений закончились имена для циклонов


Southeast of Cape Verde, the 21st storm of the season formed, which was given the last name on the list - "Wilfred".
Storms are now given names based on the letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, etc.). The 22nd and 23rd cyclones have already received the names "Alpha" (in Portugal) and "Beta" (in the Gulf of Mexico).
This happens only for the second time in history, the first was in 2005, when 6 letters of the Greek alphabet were used.
WMO uses 6 lists of male and female names, which are in alphabetical order. If a storm brings severe destruction, then its name is no longer used. Name lists include 21 letters, not 26, since it is difficult to choose 6 names for 6 lists that start with the Latin letters Q, U, X, Y and Z. Names meet certain conditions - they are recognizable, there is also a balance between English, Spanish and French names.
At the same time, the name by the letter of the Greek alphabet is not excluded from the list in the event of especially destructive consequences, since they are not used often enough.

P.S. Thus, in this 2020 we ALREADY have 23 cyclones and before the 2005 "record" (Hurricane Katrina was this year), there are very few cyclones of 27.
Wikipedia gives graphs according to which the peak of cyclones occurs in September-October. The most unpleasant months are yet to come.

2005 (Katrina): 2005 Atlantic hurricane season - Wikipedia


2017: 2017 Atlantic hurricane season - Wikipedia


2018: 2018 Atlantic hurricane season - Wikipedia


2019: 2019 Atlantic hurricane season - Wikipedia


2020 (as of September 20): 2020 Atlantic hurricane season - Wikipedia
 
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