Tropical Storm Ian Forms in Atlantic; No Threat to Land
Tropical Storm Ian became the ninth named storm of the season in the Atlantic basin on Monday, but it is expected to stay out to sea and be of little to no impact to land.
Ian formed on Monday morning (Eastern Daylight Time) about 800 miles northeast of the northern Lesser Antilles, over open waters in the central Atlantic Ocean. While roughly parallel in latitude to Florida, Ian was moving north-northwest as of late Monday night, putting it on course to impact virtually nothing besides shipping lanes. Interests on the archipelago of Bermuda should pay attention to the storm, but the current track steers it well east of the islands and away from the British Overseas Territory.
No U.S. or Caribbean impacts are expected from Ian.
Ian became the first tropical cyclone to form in the month of September, typically the peak month for tropical activity, and the first storm formation in the Atlantic basin following once-Hurricane Hermine, which became the first hurricane to make landfall on the state of Florida in nearly 11 years.
With the climatological peak of hurricane season passing over the weekend (September 10th), it’s an auspicious sign that the tropics remain relatively calm at this point of the season. While things are calm now, though, tropical storms and hurricanes can form deep into autumn as the Atlantic’s hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30th.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi