The World Meteorological Organization or the WMO, typically releases a list of retired names of tropical systems.
Once these names have been retired, they are to never be used again.
According to the WMO, there have been 89 Atlantic Basin hurricane or tropical storm names retired since 1954.
However, Hurricane Dorian will not become the 90th entry, at least not for now.
Between the global pandemic and social distancing, many events around the world have either been cancelled or postponed.
The annual week-long meeting of the WMO’s Hurricane Committee was cancelled, along with any meetings spanning from March to June 2020.
The topic of retired 2019 and 2020 names will be addressed by the Hurricane Committee in the spring of 2021.
The list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names repeat every six years which means names from 2019 won’t be used again until 2025.
The only time a storm name is retired is if it is so destructive that any use of the name would be deemed insensitive.
The first name that might be retired would be Dorian.
Hurricane Dorian intensified into a Category 5 Hurricane and it shattered records for the Atlantic Basin.
It devastated the northern Bahamas as it slammed into the area crawling between 1-7mph with maximum wind speeds of 185 mph.
The eyewall of the Hurricane impacted the area for over 50 hours.
The eye of #Dorian has made a second landfall at 2 pm EDT (1800 UTC) on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour. Maximum sustained winds were 185 mph at the time. This is tied for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. pic.twitter.com/O9hrotTTbS
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 1, 2019
It is the strongest known tropical system to impact the Bahamas.
The Tropical Cyclone Report of 2019's #Dorian has been released. It was the strongest hurricane to hit the northwestern Bahamas in modern records, resulting in numerous deaths & causing devastation on Great Abaco & Grand Bahama Islands. @NWS https://t.co/qR9mPBiAre pic.twitter.com/lDBLbykjpv
— National Hurricane Center (@NWSNHC) April 27, 2020
Hurricane Lorenzo was the second Category 5 hurricane of 2019.
Lorenzo caused 19 deaths which resulted from dangerous surf, rip currents and rough waters.
Hurricane Lorenzo was the second category 5 hurricane in the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is now approaching Ireland as an extratropical cyclone bringing heavy rains to the region ��️ https://t.co/8sI7xW6XNy pic.twitter.com/k3K7mlx8Cc
— NASA Precipitation ��️⛈️ (@NASARain) October 3, 2019
It caused damage in the Azores, but it will go down as the easternmost Category 5 Hurricane on record in the Atlantic.
The next tropical system that might be retired by the WMO could be Imelda.
Imelda never became a hurricane but it brought a lot of heavy rainfall to parts of Texas.
Tropical Storm Imelda was a slow moving system and it dumped well over 30 inches of rainfall in several southeastern Texas counties.
The 2nd most impactful event of the 2010s only happened a few months ago: Tropical Storm Imelda
This short lived storm produced prolific rainfall totals over Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, and Harris counties. Max rainfall of 44.29" fell 2 miles SSW of Fannett, TX.#HOUwx #TXwx pic.twitter.com/Zadcn8NXR1
— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 28, 2020
According to NOAA, damage was assessed at $5 billion dollars.
Since 1954, there have only been two other retired tropical storm names, Allison in 2001 and Erika in 2015.
At the end of the day, we will have to wait until spring of 2021 to find out if any names will be retired.