November Tropics: New Storm Spinning Up?
Last Friday, Dan posted about the status of this year's hurricane season and noted that since 1995, one tropical cyclone (storm or hurricane) has formed in November or December every other year in the Atlantic Basin.
Here are some additional November hurricane statistics, courtesy Colorado State hurricane research Phil Klotzbach:
*Since 1944, tropical cyclones have formed in 25 of 64 (39%) of years.
*In only 6 of 64 (9%) years has more than one tropical cyclone formed.
*In 17 of 64 (27%) Novembers, a storm has reached hurricane status (for the first time).
*A storm has reached major hurricane status in November (for the first time) only four times.
Could a storm form this November? Quite possibly. Tropical Depression #17 formed today in the southwestern Carribean. The National Hurricane Center projects it will strengthen into a tropical storm and then a hurricane as it heads northeastward towards Cuba. If it becomes a storm, its name will be Paloma. We'll keep you posted.
For the local weather outlook, see our full forecast.
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