metmike: Up to the letter H already and we haven't even finished July..........wow, this must be the most named storms for so early. 8 of em.
Katrina. Camille. Andrew. Maria. Sandy. These are names of hurricanes that will live in infamy. Which name or names this year might join that list of unforgettable storms? Only time will tell.
Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and forecasters have predicted an “above-average probabilityfor major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States.” Meteorologists predict 16 named tropical storms will form, eight of which will become hurricanes.
The World Meteorological Organization chooses hurricane names several years in advance, based on a strict criteria. If a hurricane is particularly deadly or costly, then its name is "retired" by the WMO and replaced by another one.