Today was the first day for my intern, Corey, and we were thinking of a weather trivia question for the 6 PM news. We wanted to do something with hurricanes and he came up with the idea of asking something about hurricane name retirement. I liked it.
We looked up a website with retired hurricane names and started thinking of a trivia question. We thought Irene would end up being retired so we started looking at which letter has been retired the most. (It’s ‘C’ by the way.) I then started looking at the I-named storms and found something interesting. In the last 10 years, 6 out of those 10 I-named storms were retired. Those were Iris, Isidore, Isabel, Ivan, Ike, and Igor. Add this year, and that’s 7 of 11!
Here’s a couple more stats I found from the website (which I’ll link to at the end of this post)…
- To retire a hurricane name, “a storm [needs to be] so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity.”
- There have been 75 retired storm names since 1954. #25 was Anita in 1977. #50 was Keith in 2000. #75 was Tomas in 2010.
- Irene will likely be the first retired storm of 2011. (Although I could be wrong.)
- The year with the most retired names was 2005. Those were Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma.
- There were 18 years since 1954 that didn’t have a storm name retired. The latest being 2009.
- The last retired name, alphabetically, is Wilma from 2005.
- The letter with the most retirement is C. There have been 9 C-named storms retired.
Want to see the entire list of retired storm names? Check them out and the rest of the website by clicking here.
Source: NOAA/National Hurricane Center