Why Wasn’t “GASTON” Retired?

*This was originally posted in May but with Gaston forming in the Atlantic, the questions are rolling in….*  -Andrew

Here’s the list of names the National Hurricane Center will use for this season, which begins Tuesday.  Names are picked by the World Meteorological Organization and the list rotates every 6 years.  Make sure you look at letter “G.”

Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Igor
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tomas
Virginie
Walter

Gaston is still there!  From the NHC website:

The only time that there is a change is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the committee (called primarily to discuss many other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it.

8 deaths, Millions in flood damage in Richmond… seems to me that Gaston deserved some consideration for ‘retired’ status.  Let’s just hope this year’s Gaston stays out to sea.

-posted by Andrew Freiden

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2 Responses to Why Wasn’t “GASTON” Retired?

  1. sandstonjeff says:

    We don’t need another Gaston but is there any chance the pattern will change in the nexr couple of months? Richmond is turning into the desert southwest.

  2. jastitizer says:

    I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they were thinking “since it only caused most of its damage becasue of it’s rains and not it’s wind, and it caused the damage as a depression, there’s no need to retire it…”. Whatever. I just think it’ll be a little ironic if we get something from it again!

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