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The 2016 United States storm season was an active season that produced 64 storms. The season ran from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

2016 United States storm season
July 11 2016 storms
Storms on July 11.
Some attributes
First Storms : 64
Second Lowest Pressure : Nun - 938 mbar
Third Highest precipitation : Sigma - 5 ft.~
Other attributes
Fourth Major storms : 17

Names Edit

Bold names have been used, normal names are active, and italicized names are not used yet. Names were made by the Weather Center of Buddhaland (WCB). On July 12, 2016, the Weather Center of Buddhaland stated that this naming list will be used again in 2018.

  • Alex
  • Betty
  • Clarence
  • Dory
  • Earl
  • Felicia
  • Gavin
  • Hannah
  • Isaac
  • Jenny
  • Kevin
  • Leah
  • Martin
  • Natalie
  • Olaf
  • Patti
  • Ron
  • Susan
  • Tyler
  • Vanessa
  • Warren

Greek NamesEdit

This is the Greek naming list. It is only used when the main naming list is exhausted. Bold names have been used, normal names are active, and italicized names are not used yet.

  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Gamma
  • Delta
  • Epsilon
  • Zeta
  • Eta
  • Theta
  • Iota
  • Kappa
  • Lambda
  • Mu
  • Nu
  • Xi
  • Omicron
  • Pi
  • Rho
  • Sigma
  • Tau
  • Upsilon
  • Phi
  • Chi
  • Psi
  • Omega

Hebrew NamesEdit

This is the Hebrew naming list. It is only used when the main naming list and the Greek list are exhausted. Bold names have been used, normal names are active, and italicized names are not used yet.

  • Alef
  • Bet
  • Gimel
  • Dalet
  • He
  • Vav
  • Zayin
  • Het
  • Tet
  • Yod
  • Kaf
  • Lamed
  • Mem
  • Nun
  • Samekh
  • Ayin
  • Pe
  • Tsadi
  • Qof
  • Resh
  • Shin
  • Tav

Auxillary NamesEdit

  • Andrew
  • Anita
  • Bart
  • Belinda
  • Chris
  • Chloe
  • Dean
  • Debby
  • Eli
  • Emily
  • Fernando
  • Fern
  • Gordon
  • Greta
  • Henry
  • Hermine
  • Ignacio
  • Inez
  • John
  • Jova
  • Kenneth
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Lola
  • Marty
  • Marie
  • Noel
  • Nora
  • Oscar
  • Ora
  • Peter
  • Pamela
  • Ryan
  • Rita
  • Steven
  • Sarah
  • Tim
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Veronica
  • Walter
  • Wilma

Storms Edit

Rainstorm SigmaRainstorm XiRainstorm EtaRainstorm BetaRainstorm AlphaRainstorm Hannah (2016)

Rainstorm Alex Edit

On June 13, a system from Washington moved through Buddhaland. The system was designated the name Alex on June 14. Alex brought torrential downpours of rain, causing major flooding in Turtle Bend, where 10" of rain was measured.

Rainstorm Betty Edit

Main article: 2016 West Virginia flood

Rainstorm Betty formed on late June 21, producing little rain through Spa Springs and Turtle Bend. Betty caused severe thunderstorms to form in Illinois, Kentucky, and Virginia. Betty peaked as a Category 2 rainstorm. Hail was reported in Virginia. Several wind reports were filtered in Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia.[1] Betty brought its highest gust in Russiaville, Indiana, where 100 mph winds were recorded. Betty dissipated on June 24. 26 people were killed in floods in West Virginia. The name Betty was later retired on August 4.


Rainstorm Betty on June 22.

Rainstorm Clarence Edit

Rainstorm Clarence formed on June 27 in Missouri. Clarence dissipated on June 28.

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Rainstorm Clarence on June 27.

Rainstorm Dory Edit

Rainstorm Dory formed on June 30 in Kansas. The storm caused some flooding in Missouri on July 2. Dory, being a slow-moving system, was expected to cause more flooding in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia between July 2-5. This storm postponed many 4th of July events across the Midwest.[2]

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Dory on July 2.

Derecho Earl Edit

Derecho Earl formed on July 5 in North and South Dakota. Earl dissipated on July 7.

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A rough radar image of Earl on July 6.

Rainstorm Felicia Edit

Rainstorm Felicia formed on July 6 in Kansas. Rainstorm Felicia was a Category 1 rainstorm that had a peak pressure of 1010 millibars. Felicia dissipated on July 7.

Felicia Jul 6 2016 1215Z

Rainstorm Felicia on July 6, at Category 1 rainstorm strength.

Rainstorm Gavin Edit

Rainstorm Gavin formed on July 7. Gavin caused visitors at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari to be evacuated to shelters, as well as the employees. Gavin also caused flooding in Kentucky and Tennessee. Rainstorm Gavin dissipated on July 9.

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Gavin on July 7.

Rainstorm Hannah Edit

Main article: Rainstorm Hannah (2016)

Rainstorm Hannah formed on July 10 in Montana. Hannah measured a record of 1,100.72 miles vertically, and an astonishing record of 542.25 miles across. Hannah was also one of the northernmost systems ever recorded in the basin. On July 12, Hannah's pressure dropped to 1006 mbar, the lowest that the season saw until Rainstorm Martin. Hannah dissipated on July 12. The name Hannah was later retired on August 4.

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Hannah at record size and peak intensity on July 11.

Snowstorm-Rainstorm Isaac Edit

Snowstorm Isaac formed on July 11 in the Northern Rockies. Isaac dumped a blanket of snow in Idaho and Montana. Snow was also reported falling in Jackson, Wyoming. The snow was caused by cold air rushing into the northern Rockies from a trough of low pressure aloft moving across the region. The temperature in Missoula, Montana was 21°F (-6°C). Along with the snow, freezing rain fell, and so did rain itself. Isaac is currently active over the states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.[3] Isaac transitioned into a rainstorm afterwards. Isaac soon was absorbed into Rainstorm Hannah on July 12.

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Isaac shortly after being named on July 11.

Rainstorm Jenny Edit

Rainstorm Jenny formed on July 11 in Lake Michigan. The storm brought heavy rain to Michigan. As Jenny moved over Michigan, Jenny began to significantly weaken. Jenny was absorbed into the enormous span of Rainstorm Hannah later on July 11.

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Jenny on July 11 over Michigan.

Rainstorm Kevin Edit

Rainstorm Kevin formed overnight on July 11 over Missouri. Kevin intentionally "blew-up" in size and in intensity. The pressure at the center was 1008 millibars.[4] Kevin lost much of its strength and was considered "dead". Kevin dissipated on July 12.

Kevin 2016 (2)

Kevin at peak intensity on July 12.

Rainstorm Leah Edit

Rainstorm Leah formed on July 12 over Illinois and Kentucky. Storms expanded to Indiana also. At least 5" of rain fell in Northwestern Kentucky. Leah had a peak pressure of 1014 millibars. Leah dissipated on July 13.

Leah 2016 (4)

Leah with a small eye near Frankfort, Kentucky.

Rainstorm-Derecho Martin Edit

Rainstorm Martin formed on July 13 over Colorado. Martin dumped at least a foot of rain near Wray, Colorado, and caused rain showers and thunderstorms over Kansas. Martin had a pressure of 1005 millibars, the lowest of the season until Hurricane Darby made landfall and was monitored by the Weather Center of Buddhaland. According to The Weather Channel, Rainstorm Martin had transitioned into a derecho and produced wind gusts as high as 80 mph. The name Martin was later retired on August 4.

Martin 2016 (4)

Rainstorm Martin with a cyclone-like shape on July 13.

Derecho Natalie Edit

Derecho Natalie formed on July 14 over Oklahoma. Derecho Natalie had a pressure of 1012 millibars.

Natalie 2016 radar

Rough radar image of Natalie.

Rainstorm Olaf Edit

Rainstorm Olaf formed on July 14 over Kansas, taking a similar path to Rainstorm Martin. Rainstorm Olaf had a pressure of 1013 millibars. Olaf stalled over Oklahoma, producing at least 6" of rain. In Texas, Olaf's outer bands dropped 10" of rain, allowing the storm to be upgraded to a Category 2 rainstorm. A study on Olaf's precipitation allowed it to become the first major rainstorm of the season, as rainfall totals exceeded 15". Olaf began to rapidly weaken after the 11:00 a.m. advisory on July 15.

Olaf 2016 (3)

Olaf on July 15.

Rainstorm Patti Edit

Rainstorm Patti formed on July 15 in South Dakota, where Patti dumped 4" of rain. Patti had a peak pressure of 1018 millibars. A study of the past 24-hour precipitation allowed Patti to be upgraded to a Category 1 rainstorm. Patti dissipated on July 16.

Patti 2016

Rainstorm Patti on July 15.

Rainstorm Ron Edit

Rainstorm Ron formed on July 16. Ron formed a squall line that traveled across the country. Ron also dropped more than 10" of rain in some areas. Ron also produced wind gusts as high as 50 mph. Ron had a peak pressure of 1008 millibars. Ron dissipated on July 18.

Ron 2016 (3)

Rainstorm Ron from satellite on July 17.

Rainstorm Susan Edit

Rainstorm Susan formed on July 17 in Colorado. Susan produced numerous severe thunderstorms and even tornado warnings. Susan became a major rainstorm after soaking Iowa with 15" of rain. Susan later became the first Category 5 rainstorm since records began, dropping at least 25.4" of rain in Illinois. Susan later went on to drop 5" of rain in Indiana and later dropped 3" of rain in Ohio. Susan had a peak pressure of 1018 millibars. Susan, however, was later found to have only peaked at Category 4 rainstorm strength. Susan caused major destruction near the Boston area. Susan dissipated on July 18. The name Susan was later retired on August 4.

Susan 2016 (2)

Rainstorm Susan on the morning of July 18.

Rainstorm Tyler Edit

Rainstorm Tyler formed on July 17 in North Dakota, where Tyler dropped at least 2.5" of rain. Tyler later went on to drop at least 20" of rain in Iowa. Tyler even caused flash flood warnings to be put out in Page, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adams, Union, Ringgold, and Taylor counties in Iowa. Tyler had a peak pressure of 1020 millibars. Tyler soon followed Susan to become the second Category 5 rainstorm in the basin, however, Susan was later found to only have peaked at Category 4 rainstorm strength. Tyler dissipated on July 19.

Tyler 2016 (2)

Rainstorm Tyler at Category 4 rainstorm intensity on the morning of July 18.

Rainstorm Vanessa Edit

Rainstorm Vanessa formed on July 19 over Colorado. Vanessa dropped at least 15" of rain not far from Ames, Iowa, which was already previously battered by Rainstorm Tyler. Vanessa dropped several inches of rain in Des Moines, causing traffic issues and roadway problems. Vanessa had a peak pressure of 1019 millibars. Vanessa dissipated on July 21 in Ohio.

Vanessa 2016 (4)

Vanessa on July 19.

Rainstorm Warren Edit

Rainstorm Warren formed on July 21. Warren brought rain overnight in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Warren was classified as a weak storm by the Weather Center of Buddhaland (WCB). However, the system was upgraded in a post-analysis study.

Warren 2016

Warren on July 22 with a slightly disorganized look.

Rainstorm Alpha Edit

Main article: Rainstorm Alpha

Rainstorm Alpha formed from an extra-tropical cyclone that moved onto the coast of Washington. Alpha was named on July 22 after being found on satellite and radar. Alpha dropped at least 5" of rain not far from the city of Tacoma. Alpha holds the record for being the first Greek-named storm on record.

Alpha 2016

Alpha shortly after being named.

Rainstorm Beta Edit

Main article: Rainstorm Beta

Rainstorm Beta formed on July 22 over Montana. Beta exploded overnight between July 22-23. Beta dumped 10" of rain in Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Beta had a peak pressure of 1007 millibars. Beta managed to hold on another day as it crossed Lake Michigan. Beta also managed to be upgraded to a Category 4 rainstorm, the third rainstorm to become one since records began. Beta dissipated on July 25. Beta brought major damage to the NYC metro, and Beta also flooded a subway station in New York City. Beta brought wind gusts as high as 75 mph as it moved through, damaging homes and downing trees.

Beta 2016

Beta on satellite.

Rainstorm Gamma Edit

Rainstorm Gamma formed from a low pressure area in the Gulf of California. Gamma rapidly weakened on July 24 right before reaching Arizona. Gamma managed to intensify again on July 25, before dissipating the same day. Gamma managed to regenerate into a rainstorm on July 25.

Gamma 2016 (2)

Gamma with an eye on July 24.

Rainstorm Delta Edit

Rainstorm Delta moved ashore on July 24, producing showers and thunderstorms across Louisiana and Mississippi. At least 14" of rain fell in some areas. Delta dissipated on July 25.

Delta 2016

Delta on the coast of the United States.

Rainstorm Epsilon Edit

Rainstorm Epsilon formed on July 24 in Iowa, affecting areas that were severely affected by Rainstorm Tyler. Epsilon dissipated on July 25.

Epsilon 2016

Epsilon shortly after being named.

Rainstorm Zeta Edit

Rainstorm Zeta formed on July 24 in Arizona and New Mexico. Zeta was made up of scattered, slow-moving showers and thunderstorms, which produced 4" of rain. Zeta had a peak pressure of 1014 millibars. Zeta dissipated on July 27.

Zeta 2016 (2)

Zeta over the Midwest on July 25.

Hurricane Darby Edit

Hurricane Darby made landfall on Hawaii on July 24 with a pressure of 1004 millibars. Darby officially dissipated on July 26, however, the Weather Center of Buddhaland stopped tracking it on July 25.

Darby 2016 Hawaii

Darby over Hawaii.

Rainstorm Eta Edit

Main article: Rainstorm Eta

Rainstorm Eta formed in Alaska on July 24. Eta was considered a Category 1 rainstorm by the Weather Center of Buddhaland. Eta had a peak pressure of 1002 millibars. On July 28, Eta tied Rainstorm Dory for being the longest lasting storm on record. Eta dissipated on July 29, becoming the longest lasting storm of the season.

Eta 2016 radar

Radar from the Weather Center of Buddhaland.

Rainstorm Theta Edit

With the help of Delta's remnants, Rainstorm Theta formed on July 25. With an upgrade to C4 rainstorm status on July 27, Theta became the fourth rainstorm to exceed Category 3 rainstorm strength. A portion of Theta's large span scurried into the Midwest, causing major flooding in the Cincinnati area and dropping over 8" of rain throughout parts of Indiana. In Maryland, two people died from flooding and 25 buildings were damaged.

Theta 2016

Theta on July 24.

Rainstorm Iota Edit

Rainstorm Iota formed on July 27. Rainstorm Iota dissipated later on the same day.

Iota 2016

Iota shortly after being named.

Rainstorm Kappa Edit

Rainstorm Kappa formed on July 28 in Idaho. The storm moved towards the southeast into Oklahoma, causing 8" of rain in some areas. Kappa had a peak pressure of 1009 millibars. Kappa dissipated on July 31.

Kappa 2016

Kappa over the Great Plains on July 29.

Rainstorm Lambda Edit

Rainstorm Lambda formed on July 30 in the Gulf of California. The storm was the first system of the season to have produced rain in Southern California. Lambda had a peak pressure of 1003 millibars.

Lambda 2016 (2)

Lambda on July 30.

Rainstorm Mu Edit

Rainstorm Mu formed over the Great Plains on July 31. Mu had an estimated pressure of 1007 millibars.

Mu 2016 (2)

Mu on August 1.

Rainstorm Nu Edit

Rainstorm Nu formed on August 1 over the Southeast, having an estimated peak pressure of 1003 millibars.

Nu 2016 (2)

Nu on August 1, showing a well-defined cyclone shape.

Rainstorm Xi Edit

Main article: Rainstorm Xi

Rainstorm Xi formed on August 1 over the Great Plains. Xi dropped 15" of rain in Missouri. Xi had an estimated peak pressure of 1011 millibars. Xi became the second Category 5 rainstorm of the season after dropping 25" of rain in Iowa. Xi was also one of the worst storms for Missouri and Iowa.

Xi 2016 (2)

Xi near peak intensity.

Rainstorm Omicron Edit

Rainstorm Omicron formed on August 2. Omicron had a peak pressure of 1018 millibars.

Omicron 2016

Rainstorm Omicron over New England.

Rainstorm-Derecho Pi Edit

Rainstorm Pi formed in North Dakota on August 3, however, the Weather Center of Buddhaland did not recognize the storm until August 4. Pi had a peak pressure of 1004 millibars. Pi transitioned into a derecho later that day.

Pi 2016

Pi at peak intensity.

Rainstorm Rho Edit

Rainstorm Rho formed on August 4 in the Southwest. Rho had a peak pressure of 1010 millibars. Rho was quickly absorbed by Rainstorm Pi, which became one of the largest systems on record.

Rho 2016

Rho on August 4.

Rainstorm Sigma Edit

Main article: Rainstorm Sigma

Rainstorm Sigma formed from moisture of Hurricane Earl on August 4. Sigma dropped at least 15 inches of rain in Florida. Sigma became the 11th major rainstorm of the season. Sigma later strengthened into a Category 4 rainstorm as it remained stationary over Florida. Sigma later became a Category 5 rainstorm after pouring 35" in Florida on August 7. During Sigma's early life, Sigma was monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm was given a 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation before being removed from the Tropical Weather Outlook (TWO). Sigma later went on to flood places in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Sigma later reappeared on the Tropical Weather Outlook but was soon removed again the next day. The storm completely wiped out roads in parts of Mississippi and Louisiana. Sigma surpassed Rainstorm Betty as the costliest rainstorm on record, with damage totals reaching $10-15 billion. Sigma finally dissipated on August 16, setting a record of being the longest lasting rainstorm at 12 days.

Sigma 2016 (6)

Sigma near peak intensity.

Rainstorm Tau Edit

Rainstorm Tau formed from the remnants of Rainstorm Rho on August 5. Tau had a peak pressure of 1009 millibars.

Tau 2016

Rainstorm Tau shortly after being designated.

Rainstorm Upsilon Edit

Rainstorm Upsilon formed on August 5 over the Rocky Mountains. The storm dropped 29.0" in Colorado, the highest ever recorded. Upsilon also attained a record peak pressure of 992 millibars.

Upsilon 2016

Upsilon shortly after peak intensity.

Rainstorm Phi Edit

Rainstorm Phi formed on August 6, causing rain showers in Kansas and Missouri. Phi had a peak pressure of 1010 millibars.

Phi 2016

Phi on August 7.

Rainstorm Chi Edit

Rainstorm Chi formed on August 9 in association with Tropical Storm Javier. Chi brought much needed rain to Arizona.

Chi 2016

Chi over the Southwest on August 9.

Rainstorm Psi Edit

Rainstorm Psi formed on August 10 in Canada, dropping 5" in North Dakota.

Psi 2016

Psi over the Northern Midwest on August 10.

Rainstorm Omega Edit

Rainstorm Omega formed on August 10 in New England. Omega dropped a maximum of 3" in some areas.

Omega 2016

Omega on August 10, shortly after being named.

Rainstorm Alef Edit

Rainstorm Alef formed on August 11, producing rain throughout Michigan. Alef caused flooding through Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan.

Alef 2016

Alef near peak intensity.

Rainstorm Bet Edit

Rainstorm Bet formed on August 14 over Florida.

Bet 2016 (2)

Bet near peak intensity on August 14.

Rainstorm Gimel Edit

Rainstorm Gimel formed on August 15.

Gimel 2016

Gimel on August 15.

Rainstorm Dalet Edit

Rainstorm Dalet formed from an extra-tropical cyclone associated with Severe Tropical Storm Conson that moved over Alaska on August 16. Dalet produced 2" of rain in some spots.

Dalet 2016

Radar of Dalet on August 17.

Rainstorm He Edit

Rainstorm He formed from the remnants of Rainstorm Sigma on August 16 over Texas. The storm became the 13th major storm of the season.

He 2016

He on August 17.

Derecho Vav Edit

Derecho Vav formed on August 17 in Michigan.

Vav 2016

Vav over the Detroit area on August 17.

Rainstorm Zayin Edit

Rainstorm Zayin formed on August 23 over Colorado.

Zayin 2016

Zayin near peak intensity.

Rainstorm Het Edit

Rainstorm Het formed on August 27 over Louisiana.

Het 2016

Het near peak intensity on August 28.

Rainstorm Tet Edit

Rainstorm Tet formed on August 28. Tet was monitored by the National Hurricane Center as Tropical Depression Eight.

Tet 2016

Tet on August 28, shortly after becoming Tropical Depression Eight.

Rainstorm Yod Edit

Rainstorm Yod formed on August 29 near Texas.

Yod 2016

Yod on August 30.

Rainstorm Kaf Edit

Rainstorm Kaf formed on August 30 near the Florida Keys. The storm was monitored by the National Hurricane Center as Hurricane Hermine.

Kaf 2016

Kaf on August 30.

Rainstorm Lamed Edit

Rainstorm Lamed formed on September 15 in Missouri.

Lamed 2016

Lamed on September 17.

Rainstorm Mem Edit

Rainstorm Mem formed on September 16 near the Louisiana coast.

Mem 2016

Mem on September 17.

Rainstorm Nun Edit

Rainstorm Nun formed on October 6. Rainstorm Nun is more commonly known as Hurricane Matthew.

Nun 2016

Nun making landfall in South Carolina on October 8.

Rainstorm Samekh Edit

Rainstorm Samekh formed on October 8 in Texas.

Samekh 2016

Samekh on October 8, over Western Texas.

Rainstorm Ayin Edit

Rainstorm Ayin formed on October 18 in Missouri and produced severe weather in the Great Lakes Region. Ayin had a peak pressure of 1006 millibars.

Ayin 2016

Ayin on October 20.

Snowstorm Pe Edit

Snowstorm Pe moved ashore on October 29 in Washington, bringing heavy snow to Idaho and Montana.

Pe 2016

Pe at peak intensity at 4:45 a.m. on October 31.

Rainstorm Tsadi Edit

Rainstorm Tsadi formed on October 30 over Colorado.

Tsadi 2016

Tsadi on October 31.


Main article: List of retired U.S. storm names

On August 4, 2016, the Weather Center of Buddhaland announced the preliminary retired names. The names were Betty, Hannah, Martin, and Susan. The replacement names were announced on October 31, 2016. The chosen replacements were Barbara, Hope, Michael, and Stephanie for 2018. On August 30, 2016, the Weather Center of Buddhaland announced that they would permanently remove the name Sigma from the list.

See alsoEdit



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