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Peak Season, Little Activity: Tropics Remain Quiet


With the official peak of hurricane season passing on Thursday, the tropics remain unusually quiet, although a new storm could form in the eastern Atlantic in the next 48 hours.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the official ‘peak’ of hurricane season was on Thursday – September 10th. However, with Tropical Storm Henri fizzling in the north Atlantic after a brief lifespan, there were no active tropical cyclones in either the Atlantic or Pacific oceans as of Sunday afternoon, ending a lengthy spell of high activity in both oceans, particularly for the Pacific.

How unusual is it to be completely storm-free in the heart of hurricane season? According to Colorado State University hurricane specialist Dr. Philip Klotzbach, it’s the first time in 38 years that a September 12th was tropical cyclone-free worldwide.

The cyclone-free days may be ending soon, however. The NHC has earmarked Invest 93-L, a tropical low southwest of the Cape Verde Islands in the east-central Atlantic for possible development, with the hurricane center giving the low a 70 percent chance of developing into a named storm in the next two days and a 90 percent chance in the next five, as of Sunday afternoon . However, forecast models appear to take this storm well out to sea and it does not look to be a threat to land at this time.

If it were to acquire a name, it would be Ida, the Atlantic season’s ninth-named storm, which is actually ahead of schedule, however, only two hurricanes have formed from those storms (Danny and Fred).

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the tropics.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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