This year: The first named Atlantic tropical storm was Ana. The second Bill. The third Claudette. And if we get to S: Sam. (And next year’s first storm will be Alex.)
If the names hadn’t been picked out a long time in advance, I would suspect some silly SVM/True Blood love at NOAA.
Then we need D: Dawn, E: Eric (because i doubt they would name a tropical storm Eggs.)
Sneaky NOAA people.
They have Erika this year…that’s close.