Notes on the 2009 storm names

June 1, 2009

As usual, this morning’s Tropical Weather Outlook for the first day of hurricane season gives the names allocated for this season along with some pronunciations:

NAME          PRONUNCIATION     NAME          PRONUNCIATION
————————————————————–
ANA           AH- NAH                          LARRY
BILL                                                        MINDY
CLAUDETTE     CLAW DET-           NICHOLAS      NIK- O LAS
DANNY                                                 ODETTE        O DET-
ERIKA         ERR- REE KA               PETER
FRED                                                      ROSE
GRACE                                                   SAM
HENRI         AHN REE-                     TERESA        TE REE- SA
IDA                                                         VICTOR        VIC- TER
JOAQUIN  WAH KEEN-                   WANDA
KATE

Some notes:

  • This the first of the six lists, whose use started in 1979.
  • On the list for the first time are Fred, Ida, and Joaquin, which replaced Fabian, Isabel, and Juan.
  • Ana and Claudette are the only names that have been used every time for this list’s turn in the rotation.
  • Each of the five times there was a Tropical Storm Ana, it failed to become a hurricane.
  • Rose, Sam,  Teresa, Victor, and Wanda have never been used.
  • Larry, Minda, Nicholas, Odette, and Peter were used only once (in 2003).
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