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Cyclone Names

Naming of Tropical Cyclones

Tropical cyclones/hurricanes in a particular ocean basin are named as per defined procedure from the list of tropical cyclone names determined and updated by a Tropical Cyclone Regional Body responsible for that basin.  Tropical cyclones /hurricanes are named neither after any particular person, nor with any preference in alphabetical sequence. The names selected are those that are familiar to the people in each region. The main purpose of naming a tropical cyclone/hurricane is basically for people easily to understand and remember the tropical cyclone/hurricane in a region, thus to facilitate tropical cyclone/hurricane disaster risk awareness, preparedness, management and reduction.

For the north Indian Ocean basin, the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) for the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea is the responsible regional body. The PTC at its twenty-seventh Session (Muscat, Oman, 29 February 6 March, 2000) agreed in principle to assign names to the tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Subsequently, based on the deliberations among the PTC Member countries and their input on the issue, the list of tropical cyclone names and formal procedure to be used and adopted in region was finalized and the naming of the tropical cyclones over north Indian Ocean commenced from September, 2004. In this regards, Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC), New Delhi which is responsible for monitoring and prediction of tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean and issuance of advisories for the guidance of National Meteorological Services (NMSs) of the PTC region, has been assigning names to the tropical cyclones as approved by the PTC. The list of tropical cyclone names for the north Indian Ocean is given below. Nevertheless, the list of names and formal procedure for its implementation is subject to review and updating by the PTC as and when necessary.

Tropical Cyclones Names (North Indian Ocean)

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Onil
Agni
Hibaru
Pyarr
Baaz
Fanoos
Mala
Mukda

Ogni
Akash
Gonu
Yemyin
Sidr
Nargis
Rashmi
Khai Muk

Nisha
Bijli
Aila
Phyan
Ward
Laila
Bandu
Phet

Giri
Jal
Keila
Thane
Murjan
Nilam
Mahasen
Phailin

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Helen
Lehar
Madi
Nanauk
Hudhud
Nilofar
Priya
Komen

Chapala
Megh
Roanu
Kyant
Nada
Vardah
Asiri
Mora

Ockhi
Sagar
Mekunu
Daye
Luban
Titli
Gigum
Phethai

Fani
Vayu
Hikaa
Kyarr
Maha
Bulbul
Soba
Amphan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience has shown that naming of tropical cyclones serves as an aid in quick identification of storms in warning messages as well as their convenience to remember.  The use of short, distinctive given names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error. These advantages are especially important in exchanging detailed storm information among widely scattered stations, coastal bases, and ships at sea and in dissemination of the advisories and warnings to the respective government functionaries, disaster managers, general public and media.

For more information about naming of tropical cyclones/hurricanes in different ocean basins of the world and for further details, please visit World Meteorological Organization website at the following link: www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/tcp/Storm-naming.html


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