Greek alphabet is too complicated for hurricane naming, WMO considers


The Greek alphabet is no longer used for naming hurricanes, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has decided. According to the organization, the names have caused too much confusion over the past year.

The WMO, after evaluating the hurricane season, has concluded that the pronunciation in some languages is confusing. Some names would be too similar (Zeta, Eta, Theta).

This resulted in more media attention for the name in certain countries than the storm itself. According to the organization, that is not the intention, because the names are intended to warn people.

2020 saw a very active Atlantic hurricane season. The established list of names was completely used up after which, according to the rules, they had to move to the Greek alphabet. For example, we had to deal with Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta and Epsilon.

As an alternative, an additional list has now been created. When all the names in the regular list are used, this is called upon. This list includes names such as Adria, Braylen and Cardidad.


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