What happens if we reach the end of the 2023 hurricane name list amid 'above normal' season?

Tropical Storm Philippe formed Saturday, marking the 16th named storm of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season. 

With just over two months left of the hurricane season, there's a likely chance we will see the remaining five names slated for 2023 to be used since the National Hurricane Center predicted "above normal" activity this year. Especially since the NHC is tracking two more disturbances this week. 

When the 21st and final name of 2023 – Whitney – is used, any additional storms will be named from a list curated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in lieu of the Greek alphabet, a system started in 2021 to avoid confusion with similar-sounding storm names, according to FOX Weather. In 2020, there was a record-setting 30 storms – nine of which were named from the Greek alphabet.

Here's a look at the 2023 Atlantic hurricane names:

  • Arlene
  • Bret
  • Cindy
  • Don
  • Emily
  • Franklin
  • Gert
  • Harold
  • Idalia
  • Jose
  • Katia
  • Lee
  • Margot
  • Nigel
  • Ophelia
  • Philippe
  • Rina
  • Sean
  • Tammy
  • Vince
  • Whitney

Here's a look at the supplemental list of Atlantic hurricane names from the WMO

  • Adria
  • Braylen
  • Caridad
  • Deshawn
  • Emery
  • Foster
  • Gemma
  • heath
  • Isla
  • Jacobus
  • Kenzie
  • Lucio
  • Makayla
  • Nolan
  • Orlanda
  • Pax
  • Ronin
  • Sophie
  • Tayshaun
  • Viviana
  • Will

Click here for more information about hurricane names from the National Hurricane Center.