2006 storm names
June 1, 2006
A little bit of fun (in the weather geek sense) for the start of hurricane season. A look at the names for this season and the storms that carried them in the past.
This set of names was first used in 1982. Because that was an El Niño year only the first five names were used that year. The last time this set was used (2000), 14 of the names were used. Here are all of them with notes on past storms (links for years are to images of the tracking chart for the storm, links for retired names are to the Wikipedia entry):
Alberto – In 1982 he managed to go from nothing to hurricane and back to nothing in the short space between the Yucatan Peninsula and the coast of West Florida. Tropical storm in 1988 and 1994. Central Atlantic category 3 in 2000.
Gordon – This spot was held by Gilbert until after the 1988 season. In 1994 a hurricane with a wacky course (at TS strength) through the Caribbean Sea and Straits of Florida en route to briefly threaten the Outer Banks before turning back south. In 2000, the hurricane took a straight line course from the Yucatan to the Big Bend of Florida.
Kirk – Brand new to the list. Spot was formerly held by Keith.
Leslie – A tropical storm in 2000.
Michael – Hurricane in 2000. Hit Newfoundland as an extratropical system.
Nadine – Tropical storm in 2000.
Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, and William have never been used. The various seasonal forecasts suggest that we will see at least one of those names this season.