Hurricane season is so active in 2020… that we ran out of names!


Tropical storm Wilfred took the last name in the list for 2020 storms.

Hurricane season has been so active this year that the number of named storms has already exceeded the number of official names.

The season officially begins on June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30; but this year, it was off to an early start with tropical storms Arthur and Bertha, which formed on May 16 and May 27, respectively. 

On Sept. 18, tropical storm Wilfred claimed the list’s 21st and final name, which means that subsequent storms will “go Greek,” representatives with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement. (Atlantic storms never get Q, U, X, Y or Z names.) Storms after Wilfred will now take their names from the Greek alphabet; subtropical storm Alpha formed on the same day as Wilfred, and was soon followed by tropical storm Beta, which is expected to make landfall tonight (Sept. 21) on the Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)

The Greek alphabet list, also established by the WMO, provides an additional 26 names — presumably enough to carry through to the end of hurricane season on Nov. 30.

Source: Live Science

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