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May 25, 2007|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

What's in a name? When it comes to hurricanes, as little as possible. For the Atlantic basin, the World Meteorological Organization wants the names short and easy to pronounce and remember, without the taint of death and destruction. Names such as Katrina, Mitch and Hugo are retired. They can't begin with Q, U, X, Y or Z (too few available). To conserve names, the WMO uses six annual lists, replacing retired names with names from the region's English, French and Spanish cultures. More? nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml

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