Hurricane names say more about that hurricane and hurricane season than you might think.
With hundreds of storm-tracking stations trying to relay information as quickly as possible, scientists need a short, easy to understand naming convention for hurricanes.
Starting in 1950, hurricanes began getting names but for the first three years the same names repeated each year, which became confusing.
From 1953 until 1979, it was customary to use only female names, supposedly after girlfriends and wives of Army and Navy meteorologists.
The system we have today began in 1979, and runs alphabetically through male and female names starting with a name beginning with the letter A, such as Arlene.
Each year the names are different from the last until the six-year cycle restarts. In 2011, the following names have been allocated: