June 1 begins hurricane season each year. And each year there’s a new crop of rotating hurricane names put out by the World Meteorological Association.

Most of us are quite familiar with it. They are alphabetized and it’s a way of keeping better track of storms when you often can have multiple hurricanes tracking at the same time.

This year’s Hurricane names are…






















When a hurricane has done so much damage that its very name invokes a certain dread, the National Hurricane Center and the World Meteorological Association retire the name permanently. Kind of like Michael Jordan’s number being retired.

Ida is one example. Its remnants caused such severe flash flooding in New Jersey that 30 people died here. Sandy, of course, was permanently retired as well. Floyd and Igor are imposing names with their given history and were put out to pasture, too.

But how imposing are some of this year’s hurricane names? Obviously, devastation changes all that, but just on the surface does "Alex" sound intimidating? I think of Alex P. Keaton here arguing with his sister Mallory waiting for Skippy to stop by.

Tobias? If you’re an “Arrested Development” fan there’s not a chance you’ll take warnings about Tobias making landfall seriously.

Walter? Unless we name a hurricane Walter White I’m picking up on a serious birdwatching stamp collecting vibe. Not intimidating. Lisa? Nicole? Come on. These sound like characters rejected by “Riverdale” for being too vanilla.

Now if you want to strike fear in some Jersey hearts how about names we associate with bad things? Like Phil Murphy. John List. Richard Hauptmann.

No wait. We have it. The hurricane no one wants to confront. The one that will tear the plywood right off these windows if it doesn’t get to speak with a manager NOW.


Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.

You can now listen to Deminski & Doyle — On Demand! Hear New Jersey’s favorite afternoon radio show any day of the week. Download the Deminski & Doyle show wherever you get podcasts, on our free app, or listen right now.

Click here to contact an editor about feedback or a correction for this story.

Counting down New Jersey's top 15 weather stories of 2021

NJ beach tags guide for summer 2022

We're coming up on another summer at the Jersey Shore! Before you get lost in the excitement of sunny days on the sand, we're running down how much seasonal/weekly/daily beach tags will cost you, and the pre-season deals you can still take advantage of!

See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State

More From New Jersey 101.5 FM