Hurricanes That Live in Infamy
Some hurricanes were so big and so bad that their names will never be used again.
Ever wonder why you hear some hurricane names again? Or why some disappear?
Here's the scoop on hurricane names, straight from the NOAA:
For Atlantic hurricanes, there is one list repeated every seventh year. The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that it lives in infamy. Andrew – the storm that devasted southeast Florida in '92 – comes to mind. Miamians still talk about "Andrew" on a first-name basis, without even bothering to put the word "hurricane" in front of it.
If a storm's havoc is that infamous, then at an annual meeting by a NOAA committee (called to discuss many other storm-related issues) the offender is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it.
There is an exception to the retirement rule, however. Before 1979, when the first permanent six-year storm name list began, some storm names were simply not used anymore. For example, in 1966, "Fern" was substituted for "Frieda," and no reason was cited.
Below is a list of retired names, in alphabetical order, for hurricanes from the Atlantic Ocean: