Hurricanes were once named after saints.

 

Hurricane Isabel (2003)
Hurricane Isabel (2003) as seen from orbit during Expedition 7 of the International Space Station. Image courtesy of Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences & Image Analysis Laboratory , Johnson Space Center/CC0 Public Domain Image.

For a while in the past, hurricanes were named in honor of one of the saints celebrating his or her feast day on the day it was formed. From 1953 to 1979, only female names were used. Today, male and female names are used, each with a 6-year cycle, though the names of very strong hurricanes are retired.

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