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Subject: B2) What are the upcoming tropical cyclone names ?

Contributed by Sandy Delgado and Brenden Moses

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMES

Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alex Arlene Alberto Andrea Arthur Ana
Bonnie Bret Beryl Barry Bertha Bill
Colin Cindy Chris Chantal Cristobal Claudette
Danielle Don Debby Dorian Dolly Danny
Earl Emily Ernesto Erin Edouard Elsa
Fiona Franklin Florence Fernand Fay Fred
Gaston Gert Gordon Gabrielle Gonzalo Grace
Hermine Harvey Helene Humberto Hanna Henri
Ian Irma Isaac Imelda Isaias Ida
Julia Jose Joyce Jerry Josephine Julian
Karl Katia Kirk Karen Kyle Kate
Lisa Lee Leslie Lorenzo Laura Larry
Matthew Maria Michael Melissa Marco Mindy
Nicole Nate Nadine Nestor Nana Nicholas
Otto Ophelia Oscar Olga Omar Odette
Paula Philippe Patty Pablo Paulette Peter
Richard Rina Rafael Rebekah Rene Rose
Shary Sean Sara Sebastien Sally Sam
Tobias Tammy Tony Tanya Teddy Teresa
Virginie Vince Valerie Van Vicky Victor
Walter Whitney William Wendy Wilfred Wanda


Eastern North Pacific (east of 140W)
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Agatha Adrian Aletta Alvin Amanda Andres
Blas Beatriz Bud Barbara Boris Blanca
Celia Calvin Carlotta Cosme Cristina Carlos
Darby Dora Daniel Dalila Douglas Dolores
Estelle Eugene Emilia Erick Elida Enrique
Frank Fernanda Fabio Flossie Fausto Felicia
Georgette Greg Gilma Gil Genevieve Guillermo
Howard Hilary Hector Henriette Hernan Hilda
Ivette Irwin Ileana Ivo Iselle Ignacio
Javier Jova John Juliette Julio Jimena
Kay Kenneth Kristy Kiko Karina Kevin
Lester Lidia Lane Lorena Lowell Linda
Madeline Max Miriam Mario Marie Marty
Newton Norma Norman Narda Norbert Nora
Orlene Otis Olivia Octave Odalys Olaf
Paine Pilar Paul Priscilla Polo Pamela
Roslyn Ramon Rosa Raymond Rachel Rick
Seymour Selma Sergio Sonia Simon Sandra
Tina Todd Tara Tico Trudy Terry
Virgil Veronica Vicente Velma Vance Vivian
Winifred Wiley Willa Wallis Winnie Waldo
Xavier Xina Xavier Xina Xavier Xina
Yolanda York Yolanda York Yolanda York
Zeke Zelda Zeke Zelda Zeke Zelda


Central North Pacific (from the dateline to 140W)
Akoni Aka Alika Ana
Ema Ekeka Ele Ela
Hone Hene Huko Halola
Iona Iolana Iopa Iune
Keli Keoni Kika Kilo
Lala Lino Lana Loke
Moke Mele Maka Malia
Nolo Nona Neki Niala
Olana Oliwa Omeka Oho
Pena Pama Pewa Pali
Ulana Upana Unala Ulika
Wale Wene Wali Walaka
Each year the next name is just the one following the last from the previous year. Once through a list the next name will be off of the top of the next list. Highlighted in blue is the first name used in 2016.


Contributed by Gary Padgett

For over a half-century (since at least 1945) the military weather forecasters, initially members of the U. S. Navy and later also from the U. S. Air Force, have named tropical cyclones forming in the Northwest Pacific basin. The names utilized were almost exclusively English feminine names through 1978, but beginning in 1979 men's names were used with women's names in an alternating fashion. Also, starting in 1963 the meteorological service of the Philippines (now known as PAGASA) began assigning Filipino women's names ending in "ng" to tropical depressions and cyclones forming in or passing through PAGASA's area of warning responsibility. In 2002 a new naming scheme was adopted by PAGASA (see below).

Beginning on 1 January 2000, tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific basin are named from a new and very different list of names. The new names are Asian names and were contributed by all the nations and territories that are members of the WMO's Typhoon Committee. The new names will be allotted to developing tropical storms by the Tokyo Typhoon Centre of the Japanese Meteorological Agency which is the RSMC for the basin.

These newly selected names have two major differences from the rest of the world's tropical cyclone name rosters. One, the names by and large are not personal names. There are a few men's and women's names, but the majority are names of flowers, animals, birds, trees, or even foods, etc, while some are descriptive adjectives. Secondly, the names will not be allotted in alphabetical order, but are arranged by contributing nation with the countries being alphabetized. Fourteen nations or territories contributed ten names each for a total of 140 names. The first 42 names on the roster are:

Western North Pacific
(west of the dateline)
Contributing Nation Names
CambodiaDamreyKong-reyNakriKrovanhSarika
ChinaHaijuiYutuFengshenDujuanHaima
DPR KoreaKirogiTorajiKalmaegiMujigae*Meari
Hong Kong, ChinaKai-TakMan-yiFung-wongChoi-wanMa-on
JapanTembinUsagiKanmuriKoppu*Tokage
Lao PDRBolavenPabukPhanfoneChampiNock-ten
MacauSanbaWutipVongfongIn-faMuifa
MalaysiaJelawatSepatNuriMelor*Merbok
MicronesiaEwinlarMunSinlakuNepartakNanmadol
PhilippinesMalaksiDanasHagupitLupitTalas
RO KoreaGaemiNariJangmiMirinaeNoru
ThailandPrapiroonWiphaMekkhalaNidaKulap
U.S.A.MariaFranciscoHigosOmaisRoke
VietnamSon-TinhLekimaBaviConsonSonca
CambodiaAmpilKrosaMaysakChanthuNesat
ChinaWukongBailuHaishenDianmuHaitang
DPR KoreaJongdariPodulNoulMinduleNalgae
Hong Kong, ChinaShanshanLinglingDolphinLionrockBanyan
JapanYagiKajikiKujiraKompasuHato
Lao PDRLeepiFaxaiChan-homNamtheunPakhar
MacauBebincaPeipanLinfaMalouSanvu
MalaysiaRumbiaTapahNangkaMerantiMawar
MicronesiaSoulikMitagSoudelor*RaiGuchol
PhilippinesCimaronHagibisMolaveMalakasTalim
RO KoreaJebiNeoguriGoniMegiDoksuri
ThailandMangkhutBualoiAtsaniChabaKhanun
U.S.A.BarijatMatmoEtauAereVicete
VietnamTramiHalongVamcoSongdaSaola
* Names to be replaced after the 2015 typhoon season

PAGASA Names

Since 1963 PAGASA has independently named tropical cyclones forming in the Philippines' AOR--from 115E to 135E and from 5N to 25N (except for a portion of the northwestern corner of the above region). Even though the Philippines contributed ten names to the international list of typhoon names, PAGASA still continues to assign their own names for local use within the Philippines. It is felt that familiar names are more easily remembered in the rural areas and that having a PAGASA- assigned name helps to underscore the fact that the cyclone is within PAGASA's AOR and potentially a threat to the Philippines. Another consideration may be PAGASA's desire to assign a name when a system is first classified as a tropical depression. Since tropical and/or monsoon depressions can bring very heavy rainfall to the nation which often results in disastrous flooding, the weather service feels that assigning a name helps to enhance public attention given to a system. Beginning with 2001 PAGASA began using new sets of cyclone names. These do not all end in "ng" as did the older names. Four sets of 25 names will be rotated annually; thus, the set for 2002 will be re-used in 2006. In case more than 25 systems are named in one season, an auxiliary set will be used.
PAGASA names
2016 2017 2018 2019
Ambo Auring Agaton Amang
Butchoy Bising Basyang Betty
Carina Crising Caloy Chedeng
Dindo Dante Domeng Dodong
Enteng Emong Ester Egay
Ferdie Fabian Florita Falcon
Gener Gorio Gardo Goring
Helen Huaning Henry Hanna
Igme Isang Inday Ineng
Julian Jolina Josie Jenny
Karen Kiko Karding Kabayan
Lawin Lannie Luis Lando
Marce Maring Maymay Marilyn
Nina Nando Neneng Nonoy
Ofel Odette Ompong Onyok
Pepito Paolo Paeng Perla
Quinta Quedan Queenie Quiel
Rolly Ramil Rosita Ramon
Siony Salome Samuel Sarah
Tonyo Tino Tomas Tisoy
Ulysses Urduja Usman Ursula
Vicky Vinta Venus Viring
Warren Wilma Waldo Weng
Yoyong Yasmin Yayang Yoyoy
Zosimo Zoraida Zeny Zigzag
Auxillary Names
Alakdan Alamid Agila Abe
Baldo Bruno Bagwis Berto
Clara Conching Chito Charo
Dencio Dolor Diego Dado
Estong Ernie Elena Estoy
Felipe Florante Felino Felion
Gardo Gerardo Gunding Gening
Heling Hernan Harriet Herman
Ismael Isko Indang Irma
Julio Jerome Jessa Jaime


Contributed by Gary Padgett

This is a one-time use list of names. When the last name of List 8 has been assigned, a new list will be drawn up by the ESCAP/WMO panel.

North Indian Ocean
Contributor List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4
BangladeshOnilOgniNishaGiri
IndiaAgniAkashBijliJal
MaldivesHibaruGonuAilaKella
MayanmarPyarrYemyinPhyanThane
OmanBaazSidrWardMurjan
PakistanFanoosNargisLailaNilam
Sri LankaMalaAbeBanduMahasen
ThailandMukdaKhai MukPhetPhailin
Contributor List 5 List 6 List 7 List 8
BangladeshHelenChapalaOckhiFani
IndiaLeharMeghSagarVayu
MaldivesMadiVaaliBaazuHikaa
MayanmarNanaukKyantDayeKyarr
OmanHudhudNadaLubanMaha
PakistanNilofarVardahTitliBulbul
Sri LankaPriyaSamaDasSoba
ThailandKomenMoraPhethaiAmphan


SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMES

Contributed by Sandy Delgado and Brenden Moses

The list of names for the current season is released a couple of months before the start of the season.

Southwest Indian (west of 90E)
2015/2016
Annabelle
Bohale
Corentin
Daya
Emeraude
Fantala
Gao
Hassina
Inacio
Juma
Ketiwe
Lalelani
Maobi
Naima
Octave
Piera
Quizito
Richard
Sofia
Tatiana
Umboni
Vela
Wayne
Xaba
Yazid
Zenani


Contributed by Julian Heming, Jack Beven, Gary Padgett, Frank Woodcock, Jon Gill, Sandy Delgado and Brenden Moses

Starting with the 2008/2009 season, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning Centers have consolidated their three different name lists into one unified listing, given below. If a named cyclone moves into the Australian regions from another warning center's area of responsibility, that previously assigned name will be used instead of one selected from this list. Names will be assigned in the order below (A-Zed) then the next list will be used, irrespective of year.

Australian Region Names
A Anika Anthony Alessia Alfred Ann
B Billy Bianca Bruce Blanche Blake
C Charlotte Courtney Catherine Caleb Claudia
D Dominic Dianne Dylan Debbie Damien
E Ellie Errol Edna Ernie Esther
F Freddy Fina Fletcher Frances Ferdinand
G Gabrielle Grant Gillian Greg Gretel
H Herman Hayley Hadi Hilda Harold
I Ilsa Iggy Ivana Isobel Imogen
J Jasper Jenna Jack Joyce Joshua
K Kirrily Koji Kate Kelvin Kimi
L Lincoln Luana Lam Linda Lucas
M Megan Mitchell Marcia Marcus Marian
N Neville Narelle Nathan Nora Noah
O Olga --- Olwyn Owen Odette
PQ Paul Peta Quang Penny Paddy
R Robyn Rubina Raquel Riley Ruby
S Sean Sandra Stan Savannah Seth
T Tasha Tim Tatiana Trevor Tiffany
UV Vince Victoria Uriah Veronica Vernon
WXYZ Zelia Zane Yvette Wallace
Scheduled for replacment
--- = Name removed and replacement not provided

RSMC NADI'S AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
(0° S to 25°S, 160°E to 120°W)
LIST ALIST BLIST CLIST DLIST E
(Standby)
AnaArthurAlvinAmosAru
BinaBeckyBuneBartBela
CodyChipCyrilColinCook
DoviDeniaDaphneDonnaDean
EvaElisaEdenElla
FiliFotuFrorinFrank
GinaGlenGarryGitaGarth
HagarHettieHeleyHaliHart
IreneInnisIsaIris
JudyJoniJuneJoJulie
KerryKenKofiKalaKevin
LolaLinLouiseLeo
MalMickMikeMonaMoses
NatNishaNikoNeil
OloOliOlaOma
PitaPearlPamPami
RaeReneReubenRitaRex
SheilaSarahSoloSaraiSuki
TamTomasTuniTinoTroy
UrmilUla
VaianuVanessaVictorVickyVelma
WatiWanoWinstonWikiWanita
XavierYvonneYaloYolandeYates
YaniZakaZenaZazuZidane
Zita

The name of a new cyclone is determined by sequentially cycling through lists A, B, C and D, then starting list A again. Names from the standby list E are used as replacements when necessary.


PORT MORESBY'S
Area of Responsibility

(140°E to 160°E
north of ~10°S)
Alu
Buri
Dodo
Emau
Fere
Hibu
Ila
Kama
Lobu
Maila
Standby list
Nou
Obaha
Paia
Ranu
Sabi
Tau
Ume
Vali
Wau
Auram

JAKARTA'S
Area of Responsibility
AnggrekAnggur
BakungBelimbing
CempakaDuku
DahliaJambu
FlamboyanLengkeng
KenangaMangga
LiliNangka
MawarPisang
SerojaRambuta
TerataiSawo

When a cyclone is located or is expected to be located such that two or more tropical cyclone warning centres are involved, every attempt is made to resolve any differences of opinion on the cyclone and its expected behaviour through discussions. After discussion, the decision of the warning centre with prime responsibility prevails. The warning centre with prime responsibility for the cyclone issues the warning for that cyclone. The warning includes all regions affected by the tropical cyclone, even when these extend into another centre's area of responsibility.


Contributed by Sandy Delgado and Brenden Moses

South Atlantic
Arani Bapo Cari Deni Ecai Guara Iba Jaguar Kamby Mani

Highlighted in blue is the next name to be used.

Last Revised April 27, 2016

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