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Tropical cyclone names

During the Second World War names were used by USA Air Force and Navy meteorologists monitoring Pacific tropical storms. By the mid-1960s names were used for all tropical storms except those in the North Indian Ocean. The names currently in use and those to be used in future years are listed below. Various meteorological organisations have responsibility for names and employ different conventions. Some cycle through a set number of lists starting at "A" each year. Some continuously cycle through names without reverting to "A" each year and some start a new list each year. In the areas with cyclical lists a name will be retired if the cyclone bearing it was particularly notorious and caused loss of life.

It is usual practice for a storm to be named when it reaches tropical storm strength (winds of 34 knots). However, JTWC Hawaii and NHC, Miami also give every tropical depression an identifier in the form of two digits and a letter. The digits start at "01" each season and are incremented for each new depression in the region. The letter defines the region in the following way:

W : Western North Pacific (west of 180 °)
C : Central North Pacific (140-180 °W)
E : Eastern North Pacific (east of 140 °W)
A : Arabian sea
B : Bay of Bengal
S : South Indian Ocean (west of 135 °E)
P : South Pacific Ocean (east of 135 °E)

The letter "L" is sometimes used to define Atlantic depressions. NHC Miami also use the "ATCF" idenitifier for Eastern North Pacific and Atlantic depressions. For example, EP0502 indicates the 5th tropical depression in 2002 in the Eastern North Pacific. AL1102 indicates the 11th tropical depression in 2002 in the Atlantic. From 2003 onwards 4-digit years are used. Hence AL012003 indicates the 1st tropical depression in the 2003 Atlantic season.

Note, not all tropical depressions reach tropical storm status or are given names. Southern hemisphere storms are numbered in a single sequence irrespective of whether they are in the "S" or "P" areas.

Northern hemisphere index

Southern hemisphere index

Western North Pacific names

Names
  I II III IV V
Contributed by Name Name Name Name Name
Cambodia Damrey Kong-rey Nakri Krovanh Sarika
China Longwang (Haikui) Yutu Fengshen Dujuan Haima
DPR Korea Kirogi Toraji Kalmaegi Maemi (Mujigae) Meari
HK, China Kai-tak Man-yi Fung-wong Choi-wan Ma-on
Japan Tembin Usagi Kammuri Koppu Tokage
Lao PDR Bolaven (2005) Pabuk Phanfone Ketsana Nock-ten
Macau Chanchu (Sanba) Wutip Vongfong Parma Muifa
Malaysia Jelawat Sepat Rusa (Nuri) Melor Merbok
Micronesia Ewiniar Fitow Sinlaku Nepartak Nanmadol
Philippines Bilis (Malaksi) Danas Hagupit Lupit (2003) Talas
RO Korea Kaemi (Gaemi) Nari Changmi (Jangmi) Sudal (Mirinae) Noru (2004)
Thailand Prapiroon Wipha Mekkhala Nida (2009) Kulap
U.S.A. Maria Francisco Higos Omais Roke
Viet Nam Saomai (Son-Tinh) Lekima Bavi Conson Sonca
Cambodia Bopha Krosa Maysak Chanthu Nesat
China Wukong Haiyan Haishen Dianmu Haitang
DPR Korea Sonamu Podul Pongsona (2002) (Noul) Mindulle Nalgae
HK, China Shanshan Lingling Yanyan (Dolphin) (2008) Tingting (Lionrock) Banyan
Japan Yagi Kajiki Kujira Kompasu Washi
Lao PDR Xangsane (Leepi) Faxai Chan-hom Namtheun Matsa (Pakhar)
Macau Bebinca Vamei (2001) (Peipah) Linfa Malou Sanvu
Malaysia Rumbia Tapah Nangka Meranti Mawar
Micronesia Soulik (2000) Mitag Soudelor Rananin (Fanapi) Guchol
Philippines Cimaron Hagibis (2007) Imbudo (Molave) Malakas Talim
RO Korea Chebi (Jebi) Noguri (Neoguri) Koni (Goni) Megi Nabi (Doksuri)
Thailand Durian (Mangkhut) Rammasun Morakot Chaba (2010) Khanun
U.S.A. Utor Chataan (Matmo) Etau Aere Vicente
Viet Nam Trami (2006) Halong Vamco Songda Saola

From 2000 onwards, this new international list of names is being used for tropical storms in the North-West Pacific basin and are assigned by the Japan Meteorological Agency as storms develop.

The year is included in parentheses after the last name to be used in that season.

Names in red replace the adjacent name due to retirements or spelling changes.

Meaning and pronunciation of names (Hong Kong Observatory)

Philippine names

Names 2006-11
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Agaton (-) Amang (Yutu) Ambo (Neoguri) Auring (-) Agaton (Omais) Amang
Basyang (01W) Bebeng (Man-yi) Butchoy (Rammasun) Bising (-) Basyang (Conson) Bebeng
Caloy (Chanchu) Chedeng (Pabuk) Cosme (Halong) Crising (-) Caloy (Chanthu) Chedeng
Domeng (Jelawat) Dodong (Wutip) Dindo (Matmo) Dante (Kujira) Domeng (-) Dodong
Ester (Ewiniar) Egay (Sepat) Enteng (Nakri) Emong (Chan-hom) Ester (Dianmu) Egay
Florita (Bilis) Falcon (Nari) Frank (Fengshen) Feria (Nangka) Florita (Lionrock) Falcon
Glenda (Kaemi) Goring (Wipha) Gener (-) Gorio (Soudelor) Glenda (Kompasu) Goring
Henry (Prapiroon) Hanna (Lekima) Helen (Kalmaegi) Huaning (06W) Henry (Malou) Hanna
Inday (Bopha) Ineng (Krosa) Igme (Fung-wong) Isang (Molave) Inday (Fanapi) Ineng
Juan (Saomai) Juaning (Faxai) Julian (Kammuri) Jolina (Goni) Juan (Megi) Juaning
Katring (Sonamu) Kabayan (Peipah) Karen (Nuri) Kiko (Morakot) Katring (Chaba) Kabayan
Luis (Shanshan) Lando (Hagibis) Lawin (14W) Labuyo (Dujuan) Luis Lando
Milenyo (Xangsane) Mina (Mitag) Marce (Sinlaku) Maring (Mujigae) Milenyo Mina
Neneng (Bebinca) Nonoy Nina (Hagupit) Nando (Koppu) Neneng Nonoy
Ompong (-) Onyok Ofel (Jangmi) Ondoy (Ketsana) Ompong Onyok
Paeng (Cimaron) Pedring Pablo (Higos) Pepeng (Parma) Paeng Pedring
Queenie (Chebi) Quiel Quinta (Maysak) Quedan (Melor) Queenie Quiel
Reming (Durian) Ramon Rolly (-) Ramil (Lupit) Reming Ramon
Seniang(Utor) Sendong Siony (Maysak) Santi (Mirinae) Seniang Sendong
Tomas (Trami) Tisoy Tonyo (Noul) Tino (-) Tomas Tisoy
Usman Ursula Ulysses (Dolphin) Urduja (27W) Usman Ursula
Venus Viring Vicky Vinta (Nida) Venus Viring
Waldo Weng Warren Wilma Waldo Weng
Yayang Yoyoy Yoyong Yolanda Yayang Yoyoy
Zeny Zigzag Zosimo Zoraida Zeny Zigzag

These lists of names are applied to any storms in the Philippine area (5-25 °N and 115-135 °E) and are used in addition to the name given to the storm from the JMA list for the North-west Pacific.

For past storms the JMA name used for the storm is given in red.

Central North Pacific names

Names
List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4
Akoni Aka Alika (2002) Ana
Ema Ekeka (1992) Ele (2002) Ela
Hone Hali (1992) (Hene) Huko (2002) Halola
Iona Iniki (1992) (Iolana) Ioke (2006) (Iopa) Iune
Keli Keoni (1993) Kika (2008) Kilo
Lala Li (1994) (Lino) Lana (2009) Loke
Moke Mele (1994) Maka (2009) Malia
Nolo Nona (1994) Neki (2009) Niala
Olana Oliwa (1997) Omeka (2010) Oho
Pena Paka (1997) (Pama) Pewa Pali
Ulana Upana (2000) Ulana Ulika
Wale Wene (2000) Wali Walaka

These lists are used sequentially. The first name in any given year is the one immediately following the last name from the previous year.

Names in red replace the adjacent name due to retirements.

The years that the names were used are given in parentheses.

Eastern North Pacific names

Names 2010-6
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Agatha Adrian Aletta Alvin Amanda Andres Agatha
Blas Beatriz Bud Barbara Boris Blanca Blas
Celia Calvin Carlotta Cosme Cristina Carlos Celia
Darby Dora Daniel Dalila Douglas Dolores Darby
Estelle Eugene Emilia Erick Elida Enrique Estelle
Frank Fernanda Fabio Flossie Fausto Felicia Frank
Georgette Greg Gilma Gil Genevieve Guillermo Georgette
Howard Hilary Hector Henriette Hernan Hilda Howard
Isis Irwin Ileana Ivo Iselle Ignacio Isis
Javier Jova John Juliette Julio Jimena Javier
Kay Kenneth Kristy Kiko Karina Kevin Kay
Lester Lidia Lane Lorena Lowell Linda Lester
Madeline Max Miriam Manuel Marie Marty Madeline
Newton Norma Norman Narda Norbert Nora Newton
Orlene Otis Olivia Octave Odile Olaf Orlene
Paine Pilar Paul Priscilla Polo Patricia Paine
Roslyn Ramon Rosa Raymond Rachel Rick Roslyn
Seymour Selma Sergio Sonia Simon Sandra Seymour
Tina Todd Tara Tico Trudy Terry Tina
Virgil Veronica Vicente Velma Vance Vivian Virgil
Winifred Wiley Willa Wallis Winnie Waldo Winifred
Xavier Xina Xavier Xina Xavier Xina Xavier
Yolanda York Yolanda York Yolanda York Yolanda
Zeke Zelda Zeke Zelda Zeke Zelda Zeke

The first storm of each year begins with the letter "A". These lists are re-cycled every six years.

Last names used in previous seasons in red.

Atlantic names

Names 2010-6
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Alex Arlene Alberto Andrea Arthur Ana Alex
Bonnie Bret Beryl Barry Bertha Bill Bonnie
Colin Cindy Chris Chantal Cristobal Claudette Colin
Danielle Don Debby Dorian Dolly Danny Danielle
Earl Emily Ernesto Erin Edouard Erika Earl
Fiona Franklin Florence Fernand Fay Fred Fiona
Gaston Gert Gordon Gabrielle Gonzalo Grace Gaston
Hermine Harvey Helene Humberto Hanna Henri Hermine
Igor Irene Isaac Ingrid Isaias Ida Ian
Julia Jose Joyce Jerry Jospehine Joaquin Julia
Karl Katia Kirk Karen Kyle Kate Karl
Lisa Lee Leslie Lorenzo Laura Larry Lisa
Matthew Maria Michael Melissa Marco Mindy Matthew
Nicole Nate Nadine Nestor Nana Nicholas Nicole
Otto Ophelia Oscar Olga Omar Odette Otto
Paula Philippe Patty Pablo Paulette Peter Paula
Richard Rina Rafael Rebekah Rene Rose Richard
Shary Sean Sandy Sebastien Sally Sam Shary
Tomas Tammy Tony Tanya Teddy Teresa Tobias
Virginie Vince Valerie Van Vicky Victor Virginie
Walter Whitney William Wendy Wilfred Wanda Walter

The first storm of each year begins with the letter "A". These lists are also re-cycled every 6 years.
For information on the retirement of TC names in the Atlantic go to the NOAA public affairs web site.

Last names used in previous seasons in red.

Pronunciation of names

North Indian Ocean names

Names available for use from 2004 onwards
  I II III IV
Contributed by Name Name Name Name
Bangladesh Onil Ogni (2006) Nisha (2008) Giri
India Agni (2004) Akash Bijli Jal (2010)
Maldives Hibaru Gonu Aila Keila
Myanmar Pyarr Yemyin Phyan Thane
Oman Baaz Sidr (2007) Ward (2009) Mujan
Pakistan Fanoos (2005) Nargis Laila Nilam
Sri Lanka Mala Rashmi Bandu Mahasen
Thailand Mukda Khai-Muk Phet Phailin
  V VI VII VIII
Contributed by Name Name Name Name
Bangladesh Helen Chapala Ockhi Fani
India Lehar Megh Sagar Vayu
Maldives Madi Roanu Mekunu Hikaa
Myanmar Nanauk Kyant Daye Kyarr
Oman Hudhud Nada Luban Maha
Pakistan Nilofar Vardah Titli Bulbul
Sri Lanka Priya Asiri Gigum Soba
Thailand Komen Mora Phethai Amphan

These lists will be used sequentially. The first name in any given year is the one immediately following the last name from the previous year.

The year is included in parentheses after the last name to be used in that season.

 

South-west Indian Ocean names

Names 2004-11
2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
Arola Alvin Anita Ariel Asma Anja Abele
Bento Boloetse Bondo Bongwe Bernard Bongani Bingiza
Chambo Carina Clovis Celina Cinda Cleo Cherono
Daren Diwa Dora Dama Dongo David Dalilou
Ernest Elia Enok Elnus Eric Edzani Evire
Felapi Farda Favio Fame Fanele Fami Francis
Gerard Guduza Gamede Gula Gael Gelane Giladi
Hennie Helio Humba Hondo Hina Hubert Haingo
Isang Isabella Indlala Ivan Izilda Imani Igor
Juliet Jaone Jaya Jokwe Jade Joel Jani
Kalo Kundai Katse Kamba Kago Kanja Khabonina
Lilian Lindsay Lisebo Lola Lisebo Lunda Lumbo
Madi Marinda Magoma Marabe Magoma Mohono Maina
Neddy Nadety Newa Nungu Newa Nigel Naledi
Ouledi Otile Olipa Ofelia Owami Olympe Onani
Patricia Pindile Panda Pulane Pulane Pamela Paulette
Qiqita Quincy Quince Qoli Qoli Quentin Qiloane
Ramon Rugare Rabeca Rossana Rute Rahim Rafael
Sopani Sebina Shyra Sama Sama Savana Stella
Tina Timba Tsholo Tuma Tsholo Themba Tari
Ula Usta Unokubi Uzale Uzale Uyapo Unjaty
Vera Velo Vuyane Vongai Vimbai Viviane Vita
Willem Wilby Warura Warona Wada Walter Willy
Xaoka Xanda Xylo Xina Xylo Xangy Ximene
Yelda Yuri Yone Yamba Yamba Yemurai Yasmine
Zuze Zoelle Zouleha Zefa Zita Zanele Zama

The first storm of each year begins with the letter "A".
Last name used in previous seasons in red.

Mauritius Met. Service list of names

Australian region

Names used from October 2008 onwards
Anika Anthony Alessia Alfred Ann
Billy Bianca Bruce Blanche Blake
Charlotte Carlos Cathy Caleb Claudia
Dominic Dianne Dylan Debbie Damien
Ellie Errol Edna Ernie Esther
Freddy Fina Fletcher Frances Ferdinand
Gabrielle Grant Gillian Greg Gretel
Hamish Heidi Hadi Hilda Harold
Ilsa Iggy Ita Ira Imogen
Jasper Jasmine Jack Joyce Joshua
Kirrily (2008-9) Koji Kate Kelvin Kimi
Laurence Lua Lam Linda Lucas
Magda Mitchell Marcia Marcus Marian
Neville Narelle Nathan Nora Noah
Olga Oswald Olwyn Owen Odette
Paul Peta Quang Penny Paddy
Robyn Rusty Raquel Riley Ruby
Sean (2009-10) Sandra Stan Savannah Seth
Tasha Tim Tatjana Trevor Tiffany
Vince Victoria Uriah Veronica Verdun
Zelia Zane Yvette Wallace  

These lists are used sequentially. The first name in any given year was the one immediately following the last name from the previous year.

The year is included in parentheses after the last name to be used in that season.
Australian Bureau of Meteorology tropical cyclone names web page

Indonesian region

Names
Durga (2008)  
Anggrek (2010) Anggur
Bakung Belimbing
Cempaka Duku
Dahlia Jambu
Flamboyan Lengkeng
Kenanga Mangga
Lili Nangka
Mawar Pisang
Seroja Rambuta
Teratai Sawo

The left hand list is used sequentially. Names from the right hand list used as replacements when necessary.

The years that the names were used are given in parentheses.

 

Fiji region names

Names
List A List B List C List D List E (standby)
Ami (Ana) Arthur Atu Amos Alvin
Beni (Bina) Becky Beti (1995-6) (Bune) Bart (1997-8) Bela
Cilla (Cody) Cliff (2006-7) Cyril Cora (Colin) Chip
Dovi Daman Drena (Daphne) Dani (Donna) Denia
Eseta (Eva) Elisa Evan Ella Eden
Fili Funa Freda Frank Fotu
Gina (2002-3) Gene (2007-8) Gavin(Garry) Gita Glen
Heta (Hagar) Hettie Hina (Haley) Hali (1998-9) Hart
Ivy (2003-4) (Irene) Innis Ian Iris Isa
Judy Joni June Jo Julie
Kerry Ken Keli (1996-7) (Koko) Kim (Kala) Kevin
Lola Lin (2008-9) Lusi Leo Louise
Meena Mick Martin (Mike) Mona Mal
Nancy Nisha Nute Neil (1999-2000) Nat
Olaf Oli Odile Oma Olo
Percy Pat Pam Paula (Pami) Pita
Rae Rene Reuben Rita Rex
Sheila (2004-5) Sarah Solo Sose (Sarai) Suki
Tam Tomas Tui Trina (Tino) Troy
Urmil Ului (2009-10) Ula - -
Vaianu Vania Victor Vicky Vanessa
Wati (2005-6) Wilma Winston Waka (2001-2) (Wiki) Wano
Xavier - - - -
Yani Yasi Yalo Yolande Yvonne
Zita Zaka Zena Zoe (Zazu) Zidane

Lists A, B, C, and D are used sequentially. The first name in any given year is the one immediately following the last name from the previous year. List E is a list of replacement names if they become necessary.

The year is included in parentheses after the last name to be used in that season.

Names in red replace the adjacent name due to retirements.

Papua New Guinea region names

Names
Alu Maila
Buri Nou
Dodo Obaha
Emau Paia
Fere Ranu
Guba (2007) Sabi
Hibu Tau
Ila Ume
Kama Vali
Lobu Wau
Auram

These names are used randomly. Names used in previous years are Adel (1993), Upia (2002), Epi (2003) and Guba (2007).


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