Hurricane Names for 2009

Coastal watches/warnings and 5-Day track forecast cone for Hurricane Bill
Coastal watches/warnings and 5-Day track forecast cone for Hurricane BillCourtesy NOAA
The names for the 2009 hurricanes were announced a few days ago by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The NHC has a list of names they draw from, that reuses names every six years or so, but if a storm is particularly bad a name will be retired. There are no "Q" or "U" names and they go alphabetically so when they get to Danny you'll know that's the fourth of the season. The names for 2009 are:

Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Pete, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor and Wanda.

(Interesting the names "Pete" and "Rose" are in succession.)

So far this year we're up to Claudette. Ana is old news already with the National Hurricane Center announcing yesterday that the storm had weakened so much they were no longer tracking it. Claudette is also weakening, but it had the distinction of being the first tropical system to reach land yet this season. Third in line is Bill, who has already become a category 3 hurricane. Follow Bill’s progress here.

Retired hurricane names.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

They never pick "Thor" for a hurricane name. That bums me out.

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 9:38am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

At least "Hurricane Thor" would sound cool.

"Hurricane John" sounds like... an infamous pervert, or something.

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 10:52am
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Actually "Hurricane John" sounds like a toilet with enough force to flush down a Buick.

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 11:30am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I'll take it.

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 11:50am
Goaty's picture
Goaty says:

good for you.
btw (by the way) what the heck is a Buik????

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 12:38pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

A Buick is a make of automobile from the line of General Motors.

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 2:55pm
toilet flusher's picture
toilet flusher says:

haha you are so right

posted on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 12:21pm
goaty's picture
goaty says:

I think hurricane leo sounds interesting, because of Leo the Lion.
(Lions are fierce, so hurricane leo would sute it well.)

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 12:27pm
penguinner's picture
penguinner says:

Just get a book that is like, i dunno, 500 best baby names, and pick a random one! Sheesh, it can't be THAT hard.

posted on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 5:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why doesnt the hurricane list have a z? when there is such beatiful names that start with . for example.... Zoe, Zelda, Zeke, Zack, Zoessa, Zeldessa, Zara, Zarafia. if i were you i would strongly consider using z from now on. thankyou for your time.

posted on Sat, 08/22/2009 - 4:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

How do they pick the names? And where do I submit MY name? LOL

posted on Sun, 08/23/2009 - 1:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cool hurricane names!!!

posted on Tue, 08/25/2009 - 12:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think berta or bessie would be great names for a hurricane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 08/25/2009 - 5:37pm
natural events :}'s picture
natural events :} says:

I think hurrican Titian sounds like a powerful hurrican. Has there been a hurrican ricky yet?

posted on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 10:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

How about hurricane Can short for can can?

posted on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 10:46am
lol's picture
lol says:

lol theyn have so many names for hurricanes...i wonder if the goverment has a section of itslf that just has people thinkng for new names for next year... u thunk that they would run out after a MONTH...

posted on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 1:25pm
Rachel Schuman's picture
Rachel Schuman says:

where is hurricane hannah?

posted on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 1:41pm
ZackB's picture
ZackB says:


posted on Sat, 08/29/2009 - 8:14am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they should name a hurricane Crystal!!

posted on Sat, 08/29/2009 - 3:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like your pattern with the names.I think I figured it out.It's girl,boy,girl,boy in alphbetical order.So next year the names may be Anthony,Beatrice,Carl,Darla and so on.

posted on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 12:43pm
Emma's picture
Emma says:

I think they should name them after dead people!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 12:23pm
DH's picture
DH says:


posted on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 8:01pm
Rita's picture
Rita says:

I can't believe nobody knows about Hurricane Rita in 2005!! It was a category 5!!

posted on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 9:55am
melissa's picture
melissa says:

They should name the 13th hurricane Melissa in refrence to me.

posted on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 8:50am
tm's picture
tm says:

i like the idea of naming in alphabetical order, as it is done now,

posted on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 1:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i liked the name caudette, but it sounds like it took place in england.

posted on Sun, 11/29/2009 - 3:41pm
Sophie's picture
Sophie says:


Claudette is a beautiful name, and I know this is old news by now, but how is it hurricanes are named? Do they just look at lists of baby boy and baby girl names, and then randomly pick? Or is there a method to their madness.

posted on Tue, 12/15/2009 - 9:53pm

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