Naming hurricanes and tropical storms is not random. Before hurricanes were named, there was confusion for scientists and the public when multiple hurricanes were present in the Atlantic. In order to make it easier to keep track of hurricanes, they were given names. The names repeat every 6 seasons, unless a name was retired (such as Andrew or Sandy). For the full background on hurricane naming, please click here

Hurricane Isabel (2003) as seen from the International Space Station. Image courtesy of NASA.

For a list of hurricane names for the current or future years and more information, please click here