At an annual meeting, the World Meteorological Organization decides whether to retire a name. In recent years, for example, Ivan, Frances, Katrina, Felix and Gustav have all had their names removed from the pool as a result of their magnitude.
As to the question of how the WMO decides on which specific names to give a tropical cyclone, the organization said it considers names based on three main criteria: names that are easy to remember, are common to the region where the storm is occurring and are easy to understand.
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