Hurricane Season Goes Greek After Names Used Up


As the 2020 hurricane season lives up to its forecast as being extremely active, the National Hurricane Center has exhausted its list of names. NHC chooses only 21 names because it doesn't use the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z. And for only the second time in history, it's resorting to the Greek alphabet to identify any further storms this season-- and has already used Alpha and Beta for two that formed on Friday. In 2005, the year the Mississippi coast was hammered by Hurricane Katrina, six storms were given Greek names-- Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Zeta. This year, the Hurricane Center may have to dig deeper into the 24-letter alphabet. This season's Tropical Storm Beta has formed more than five weeks earlier than the 23rd storm in 2005.

As the 2020 hurricane season lives up to its forecast as being extremely active, the National Hurricane Center has exhausted its list of names. NHC chooses only 21 names because it doesn't use the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z. And for only the second time in history, it's resorting to the Greek alphabet to identify any further storms this season-- and has already used Alpha and Beta for two that formed on Friday. In 2005, the year the Mississippi coast was hammered by Hurricane Katrina, six storms were given Greek names-- Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and Zeta. This year, the Hurricane Center may have to dig deeper into the 24-letter alphabet. This season's Tropical Storm Beta has formed more than five weeks earlier than the 23rd storm in 2005.