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How are hurricanes named?

I recently noted that hurricanes names seemed to have some pattern in hurricane names: Katrina, Rita, Wilma. They looks alphabetic but there are missing letters. All look like names of females. So I wanted to know how they are actually named and it turned out to be more interesting than I thought. Here some interesting facts

Tropical storms in North Atlantic are named in such a manner that masculine and feminine names alternate one after the other.And yes they are in alphabetic order, so my guess was right. The logical conclusion here is that there can be max 26 names. No, There are can only be 21. As they don't name storms by Q, U, X, Y, Z. So the next logical question is what happens if you have more storms then 21. Then they start naming them by name Greek alphabets starting with alpha beta.2005 would be the first year to use these letters. So 2005 is the with record number of storms.Oh, did I tell you the names for all storms till 2010 have been named.And most storms after that…