The list of this year’s tropical storm and hurricane names has been announced for the 2006 season, which begins next month and runs through November. But how exactly are these names chosen?

Tropical storm and hurricane names are picked from a list selected by the World Meteorological Organization, an agency that is a part of the United Nations and studies meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology, and geophysical sciences. The Atlantic is assigned six lists of names with alternating gender, with one list used each year until the sixth year, at which point the first list begins again.

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