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Late-Season Development Possible in Atlantic

Possible storm to come at end of notably slow hurricane season

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

In this file photo, a tropical storm is captured -- via satellite -- spinning west from Africa, the same trajectory as this new system. (NOAA)

The Atlantic Basin could have one more tropical system before the official end of the hurricane season on Nov. 30.

A weak area of low pressure, located about halfway between Africa and the United States will slowly spin over the open waters of the Atlantic over the next several days.

The low will spin over warm waters and in an area of reduced wind shear, favorable conditions for the development of tropical systems.

Regardless of its development, the low will not pose any threat to land; spinning over the open waters of the Atlantic for several days before lifting into the North Atlantic early next week and possibly affecting parts of Europe.

While it does not seem likely that the low will organize itself into a tropical storm, the low will still cause rough seas for any boats traveling across this area.

If this low does muster up the strength to become a tropical storm, it would take the name of Melissa.

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Late-season tropical systems are not uncommon in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin. The most recent tropical storm to develop in the basin during the month of November was Tropical Storm Sean in 2011.

The year before that, the Atlantic had Hurricane Tomas, the most recent hurricane in the basin during the month of November.

Tropical systems have been known to develop in the Atlantic as late as December, such as Hurricane Alice, which first became a tropical storm on Dec. 30, 1954.

For the latest on the tropics, be sure to check out the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center


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