The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, and the National Hurricane Center announced the names it will for this year's tropical cyclones.
This year marks the 40th year that both male and female names are being used for storms. In 1978, the NHC changed from the tradition of using only female names to alternating between male and female names (Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, etc.).
If this year's list looks familiar, it should; the NHC keeps only 6 lists of names that it cycles through, so this year's list matches the 2011 list and will match the 2023 list. Names are only only retired when a storm is particularly deadly or costly. This year, the only new name on the list is Irma, which will take the place of the retired name Irene.
To learn more about the history of hurricane naming, keep reading How Hurricanes Get Their Names.