NPR: So 2020: New Storm Forms, Named Alpha Because We’ve Run Out Of Letters


Adding onto the various disasters of 2020, the southeast coast is dealing with a string of tropical storms. There have been 25 hurricanes this year alone, exhausting the available hurricane names the National Hurricane Center had prepared for this year’s hurricane season. This means that new hurricanes are going to be named using the Greek alphabet, something that hasn’t been done since 2005; in 2005, they reached Zeta, the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet. As of October 5, the newest hurricane is Hurricane Delta, the fourth letter. Other tropical storms are still strengthening and expected to become hurricanes, crossing more names off of the list. To read the article by Russell Lewis and Brakkton Booker at NPR, click here.

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