The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1, but the list of names are out.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s list of 21 storm names run alphabetically from A to W.
Colorado State University (CSU) released their updated hurricane outlook on June 4. Considered one of the leaders in tropical cyclone forecasting, they are predicting an average year. 13 named storms, with 6 hurricanes and 2 major, category three or higher, hurricanes are forecast. Averages from the 1981-2010 climate period are 12.1, 6.4 and 2.7, respectively. There is a 32 percent risk of an East Coast landfall, including the Peninsula of Florida. The average is 31 percent.
Two 2018 storms, Florence and Michael, were retired by NOAA due to to their extreme damage and devastation caused by them. At least 50 people died as a result of Hurricane Florence, the slow moving monster storm that went ashore North Carolina and caused 50 deaths. Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida Panhandle with the third lowest hurricane pressure reading. At least 25 deaths have been blamed on the storm, according to the Miami Herald.
The World Meteorological Organization, not the National Hurricane Center, has been naming storms in the Atlantic Hurricane basin since 1953. If the list is exhausted, then additional storm names go are named via the Greek Alphabet. This happened in 2005.
The 2019 list replicates the list from 2013, as names repeat every six years. This time, one new name is on the list, Imelda, which replaced the retired Ingrid.