The I’s Have It

In the past decade Apple has able to name things with the letter “i” that resonated into the common vernacular of our culture.    In the weather world, the past decade has also brought about a plethora of “i” named hurricanes that have become equally well-known.  Hurricanes names are cycled over a period of 6 years, which means the same list of names used in 2012, will be used again in 2018, unless a hurricane name becomes retired.

Hurricane names are retired when the storm produces devastating damage, or has high impacts in many areas.  The letter of the alphabet with the most retired names is the letter “i”.  In fact, 7 of the last 11 hurricanes that started with the letter “i” have been retired.

Since the advent of using satellites to detect hurricanes, it is often during the peak of the hurricane season that we reach the 9th named storm which is one reason, besides just coincidence,  that so many “i” storms have been retired in recent years.