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Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, What Next?

Some of the names are just weird and hard to pronounce. Where do they come from and who picks the names?
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Three storms into the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season and we have had some interesting names. Arthur, Bertha, and Cristobal could easily be classified as unusual and uncommon as far as a name is concerned. Would you believe it if we told you they get more interesting? We're going to dive in and figure out the origin of the Atlantic Hurricane Naming Scheme. 

The National Hurricane Center first created the list of names in the year 1953. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization

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The lists above are repeated every six years. For example: The list used this year in 2020 will be used again in 2026. 

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The only exception to this rule is if a storm is so dangerous and does such catastrophic damage the reuse of its name would be traumatic and therefor inappropriate. The last named storms to be removed from the list were Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence in 2018. 

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Like this year, if a storm occurs in the off-season it will simply take the next name on the list. If there are more than 21 named storms in a season then the Greek Alphabet is used.