Here are the 21 Storm Names for the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season
The official start of summer isn't until June 21. But we know in Texas that is irrelevant because summer pretty much begins mid-April. The other season that starts in June is hurricane season. Let's take a look at the predictions for the upcoming season and the names for this year's storms.
2023 Hurricane Season
The 2023 hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends November 30. For the 2023 season, Tropical Storm Risk (eurotempest.ltd) predicts there will be 13 named storms. Of those 13, 6 are expected to reach hurricane strength and 3 of those 13 will become major hurricanes. These predictions are based off of about 30 years of weather data along with the presence La Nina (click2houston.com) in the Pacific Ocean.
La Nina and El Nino
To get a little deep into the science of these predictions, La Nina means that normal surface temperatures of the Pacific Ocean are cooler than normal. This reduces the wind shear in the mid and upper areas of the atmosphere allowing for easier development of hurricanes. If El Nino is present, the wind shear is higher in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere which can help break down a storm. Its thought that La Nina is expected to turn into El Nino by the end of summer resulting in the below normal number of storms.
As far as where these storms will hit can't be predicted just because the movement of the storm can be so unpredictable even after its formed. One thing that can be predicted is the names of the storms each year. For this season, 21 names have been assigned. If those 21 storms are used up, then the weather service moves to a secondary list of 21 names.
Check out the names below and see if your name made the list. My name is Michael and has been used a couple of times in years past. After some uses, names could be retired. I'm sure names like Katrina or Allison or Harvey have been retired just due to how large and damaging those storms were.
2023 Hurricane Storm Names
If those names are used up for the 2023 season, then the weather service will go with it's secondary list of names: