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Arlene ushers in names of 2005

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 29, 2005


The National Hurricane Center started naming hurricanes in 1953 to get away from latitude-longitude designations and military names, and to draw more attention to the deadly storms. Six lists of names are in the rotation, which is maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization. Since 1979, men's and women's names have alternated.

Center officials say the use of short and distinctive names in written and spoken communications cuts down on errors, especially when transmitting information among hundreds of weather stations, coastal bases and ships at sea.

Names of particularly deadly or costly storms may be retired. Any country affected by such a storm can ask that the storm name be retired. If such a request is made, the WMO comes up with a replacement name at its next meeting.

Retired names: Agnes (1972), Alicia (1983), Allen (1980), Allison (2001), Andrew (1992), Anita (1977), Audrey (1957), Betsy (1965), Beulah (1967), Bob (1991), Camille (1969), Carla (1961), Carmen (1974), Carol (1954), 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), Floyd (1999), Fran (1996), Frederic (1979), Georges (1998), Gilbert (1988), Gloria (1985), Gracie (1959), Hattie (1961), Hazel (1954), Hilda (1964), Hortense (1996), Hugo (1989), Inez (1966), Ione (1955), Iris (2001), Janet (1955), Joan (1988), Keith (2000), Klaus (1990), Lenny (1999), Lili (2002), Luis (1995), Marilyn (1995), Michelle (2001), Mitch (1998), Opal (1995), Roxanne (1995).

Sources: www.nhc.noaa.com Tropical Storms of the North Atlantic Ocean, Weather Research Center

2005 HURRICANE NAMES

Arlene Bret Cindy Dennis Emily Franklin Gert Harvey Irene Jose Katrina Lee Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rita Stan Tammy Vince Wilma

Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William

Andrea Barry Chantal Dean Erin Felix Gabrielle Humberto Ingrid Jerry Karen Lorenzo Melissa Noel Olga Pablo Rebekah Sebastien Tanya Van Wendy

Arthur Bertha Cristobal Dolly Edouard Fay Gustav Hanna Ike Josephine Kyle Laura Marco NanaOmar Paloma Rene Sally Teddy Vicky Wilfred

Ana Bill Claudette Danny Erika Fred Grace Henri Ida Joaquin Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda

Alex Bonnie Charley Danielle Earl Frances Gaston Hermine Ivan Jeanne Karl Lisa Matthew Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter