Today is the first day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. While it is expected to be fairly mild this year, names have already been chosen for any storms that may develop.
Since 1950, each Atlantic tropical storm or hurricane has had a unique name. They come from a set of six rotating lists produced by the World Meteorological Organization. A name is retired only when a storm was particularly noteworthy – causing a large number of fatalities or an extraordinary amount of damage. Sandy, for example, was retired after it devastated a large section of the northeastern United States in 2012.
The names for this year’s storms are below.