NHC Reports Unknown Tropical Disturbance in Atlantic

A tropical disturbance appeared in the Atlantic nearly two months after the hurricane season ended.

On Monday, the National Hurricane Center reported that it is tracking a low pressure system that appeared in the northwest Atlantic Ocean.

The NHC reported that the non-tropical system began producing “storm-force winds” north of Bermuda.
According to information from meteorologists, although the system appeared to produce thunderstorms at its center, it is contained in a cold air mass that slows its development.

“It’s unusual for this time of year for a tropical system to develop, but it does happen from time to time,” said Max Defender 8 meteorologist Amanda Holly. “This is a perfect situation where a non-tropical area of low pressure associated with a cold front moved into Atlantic waters.”

“The system is producing showers and storms as a tropical system would, and sometimes, these systems can gain tropical characteristics if they spend enough time over those warmer waters.”

NHC also said the system is headed for cooler waters, so it is unlikely to become a tropical cyclone, having 0% chance of developing.

“Even if it did, there would be no impacts on Florida, and the impacts over open water would remain the same: strong winds and high seas near the storm system,” Holly said. “The last time there was an Atlantic storm in January was in 2016, when Hurricane Alex formed as it moved away from the Bahamas into the open Atlantic.”

It is at least 136 days until June 1, when hurricane season usually begins.

With information from NHC

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