Tropical cyclone, Tropical Storm Zeta, Louisiana, Gulf Coast of the United States : Tropical Storm Zeta forms, Gulf Coast once again on alert
here’s a look at those tropical headlines in case you missed it zeta. We officially have tropical storms zeta that formed with the 2 a.m advisory on sunday morning, we’re also looking at that. Another record broken for the 2020 season, with zeta’s formation and epsilon will eventually become a strong post tropical system as it moves over the northern atlantic here’s. A look at the tropics right there there’s a look at zeta in the western caribbean and then hurricane epsilon moving into the northern atlantic zooming into the northern atlantic. That storm is moving quite fast, especially when you compare the movement of epsilon to the movement of zeta and we’ll. Take a look at how fast epsilon is moving in just a second, but for zeta it’s, not moving at all with the 5 am advisory. It was crawling at one mile an hour before that it was stationary and now it’s stationary again. We have those winds at 40 miles an hour with tropical storm zeta pressure at 1005 millibars. So, as mentioned, we’ve broken another record as far as earliest named storms go with this 2020 season. Zeta is the 27th named storm in the atlantic hurricane season and the earliest 27th name storm on record the previous record november 29. 2005.. So we beat that by over a month now, let’s take a look at some of the tropical statistics. You do see named number of named storms per year, this peak here, that’s, obviously 2005.
, and once we add 2020 we’ll either be close to or above that, the record number of named storms in a season was 28 back in 2005.. Currently, we have 27 with over a month to go in the official hurricane season back in 2005. They did have storms formed after november 30th, so we’ll continue to see how things shape up for the rest of the 2020 official season and if anything, forms after the season officially ends here’s. Another look at tropical satellite. This is with, of course, tropical storm zeta. You can see the yucatan peninsula here we have cuba, central america, honduras and we’re. Also looking toward areas of belize as well. You can see quite a bit of thunderstorm activity. You’Re, seeing the whites, the purples that’s, indicating very very high cloud, tops very tall thunderstorms within that tropical system, so again lots of activity happening within zeta as we change the view here, we’re going to look actually at the sea surface temperatures in the area that zeta Is eventually going to be moving in? You do see these very deep reds. These dark, dark, burgundies, that’s indicating upper 80s for those sea, surface temperatures and tropical systems. They only need 80 degrees to sustain life or even to strengthen so zetas got the juice, not even just in the western caribbean sea, but as we head into the southern parts of the gulf of mexico, you’re still seeing you see 88 degrees, there 85, even into Northern central parts of the gulf of mexico mid 80s, so this storm will sustain itself, but it does look like it could actually move over land which could weaken it.
Just a bit. I’Ll show you the track coming up in just a moment. Looking at the wind shear right now not encountering any windshield where the storm is right now, but into the gulf of mexico. There is a little bit of some unfavorable sheer which could mess with zeta as it moves into parts of the gulf before making landfall along the gulf coast, so here’s the latest on zeta again stationary 40 mile an hour winds, there’s. Actually, a hurricane watch for parts of the yucatan peninsula and we do have some tropical storm alerts in parts of western cuba putting a movement to the track here. You do see that storm continuing to strengthen it will become our next hurricane, as mentioned it could make landfall on the yucatan, which could impact the strengthening of that storm just a bit, but we also do have the shear in the gulf of mexico that could impact That storm as well, so you do see it by tuesday, somewhere around 80 miles an hour, possibly weakening as we move into the early morning, hours of wednesday and then we’re, seeing some sort of landfall along the gulf coast. These gulf coast states are on alert once again, we’re looking at louisiana, mississippi, alabama and even far western parts of florida as well, and you see with that last update coming in the red behind this icon here, that’s that hurricane watch in place for the yucatan peninsula, Which just came down with that 8 a.
m: advisory in city of new orleans, biloxi, mississippi mobile, alabama, all included in this cone of uncertainty right now and, of course, we’ll continue to watch as things change and shift over the next couple of days with the track of Zeta so here’s a look at hurricane epsilon we’re, seeing this extremely sheer storm you’re, seeing a lot of that cloud coverage with epsilon on the north side of that system. But you can still see that counterclockwise rotation as it moves south of extreme eastern parts of canada into the northern atlantic and as we go back here, i do want to at least show you, the sea surface temperatures you’re, seeing these warm waters down here. But you do see that gradual change into those cooler, colors indicating cooler waters and epsilon is expected to lose its tropical characteristics as we move into the later parts of today and then eventually continuing with being post tropical into the day monday and eventually fizzling out over The far northern atlantic – and you do see this storm is moving at a pretty good clip 30 miles an hour that’s. Why? I said this thing was speeding into the northern atlantic now earlier in its lifetime, epsilon was the fourth major hurricane of the 2020 atlantic season. Peaking at 115 miles an hour something you’re not noticing here is a category 5 hurricane. We have not had that so far this season and when we look at tropical stats for major hurricanes, you do see that we’ve had four, which is above the 30 year.
Average of three csu did make a forecast of five major hurricanes, and the record is eight, which was actually set back in 1950., and i mentioned category 5 hurricanes and how we haven’t seen one yet this season, but from 2016 to 2019 that’s. The longest stretch of hurricane seasons in the atlantic, with at least one category 5 hurricane, so again continuing to watch and see what 2020 tries to bring for the last few weeks of the official hurricane season. So taking a look at the graph, we have obviously passed that peak of september 10th middle of september, time frame that we have already passed and we saw quite a few storms. During that time we had a record number of named systems in the atlantic basin right around that time frame. The season will officially end on november 30th, but you do see as we head into december, there still can be a little bit of activity. So, as mentioned a little bit earlier that i said that 2005 we had some storms that did develop after that season officially ended. So again we still have more to watch here’s where we are. As far as the greek alphabet names go. We have tropical storm zeta. The next couple of names are ada and theta and when we looked at 2005, zeta was the last name used on that list and we still have time so we will surpass that most likely as we move into the later parts of the hurricane season.
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