TS Beta (2005) sprouted up off the coast of Nicaragua and looks to be heading inland slowly. May even reach hurricane status before it reaches the coast.
5 weeks left in the season. The tally so far:
Tropical Depressions: 26
Named storms: 23
Tropical Storms: 11
Major hurricanes: 6 (Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Maria, Rita, Wilma)
Gamma? Delta? I wonder how many more greek letters this year's season will dig into. This year has already topped the revised predictionsfrom August for named storms and hurricanes. There are a couple of areas to watch still in the Atlantic and eastern Carribean. We may just see storms 24 and 25 by the time next week starts.
From this morning's Tropical Weather Outlook:
A TROPICAL WAVE IS SPREADING CLOUDINESS AND SHOWERS OVER THE LESSER ANTILLES... WITH THE MOST CONCENTRATED ACTIVITY NEAR THE WINDWARD ISLANDS. THERE ARE NO SIGNS OF TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER... UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE GRADUALLY BECOMING A LITTLE MORE CONDUCIVE FOR GRADUAL DEVELOPMENT AS THE WAVE MOVES WESTWARD INTO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA.
A WEAK LOW PRESSURE AREA ASSOCIATED WITH A TROPICAL WAVE IS LOCATED ABOUT MIDWAY BETWEEN AFRICA AND THE LESSER ANTILLES. UPPER-LEVEL LEVEL WINDS ARE NOT FAVORABLE FOR SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT.