By Leigh Brock| May 11, 2015 at 12:35 AM EST - Updated July 25 at 10:06 AM
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)
Here is the hurricane name list for 2015. Are you there?
Ana Bill Claudette Danny Erika Fred Grace Henri Ida Joaquin Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda
The National Hurricane Center gave the last advisory on Ana this afternoon at 5:00pm - so the first name has already been used and the season doesn't even start for 21 more days.
Have you ever wondered where those names come from? That would be the job of the World Meteorological Organization. They have six lists they rotate over the course of six years. Those lists are reused unless a storm is so devastating that it's not appropriate to use the name again. Then the name is retired and a new one is selected.
In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from theGreek alphabet. That happened in 2005 when there were 27 named storms.
During World War II, storms were given only female names by Army and Navy meteorologists tracking storms in the Pacific. Rumor has it they were named for ex-girlfriends. Is that true? I wasn't there so I couldn't say for sure - but it makes for a fun story. The US started using female names in 1953.
Obviously, both male and female names are now used for naming storms. That started in 1979 for storms named in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.