UN meteorological agency releases names for cyclones through 2006

UN meteorological agency releases names for cyclones through 2006

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) today released a list of names that will be used in the next six years to identify tropical cyclones.

In 2001, tropical cyclones in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic Ocean will carry the following 21 names: Allison, Barry, Chantal, Dean, Erin, Felix, Gabrielle, Humberto, Iris, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Michelle, Noel, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

In the eastern North Pacific Ocean, the names Adolph, Barbara, Cosme, Dalila, Erick, Flossie, Gil, Henriette, Ivo, Juliette, Kiko, Lorena, Manuel, Narda, Octave, Priscilla, Raymond, Sonia, Tico, Velma and Wallis will be used this year.

Whenever more storms develop in a given year than the number of names in the relevant list, the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, etc.) will be used to name the subsequent systems, the agency said.

So far, Hurricane Adolph has already struck in the eastern North Pacific Ocean, with Barbara and Cosme coming up next on the list.