How and why do hurricanes get their names?

Satellite photo of Hurricane Ida approaching Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2021.

Over the weekend, tropical storms Peter and Rose became the 16th and 17th named storms of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, respectively. But what’s in a name, or at least a tropical storm or hurricane name?

(Map: FreightWaves SONAR Critical Events. Tropical Storm Rose on Sep. 20, 2021, 5 p.m. ET. To learn more about FreightWaves SONAR, click here.)

Before they started naming storms, hurricane forecasters referred to them by saying something like “the storm 500 miles east-southeast of...

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