Friday, December 30, 2005

Tropical Storm Zeta

MIAMI, Dec. 30, 2005 (AP Online delivered by Newstex) -- Tropical Storm Zeta
formed Friday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, another installment in a
record-breaking hurricane season that officially ended last month.

Zeta, the 27th storm of the season, formed Friday about 1,000 miles
south-southwest of the Azores islands, according to an advisory posted on
the National Hurricane Center's Web site. It posed no immediate threat to
land.

The center said it would send out a full advisory later Friday. Tropical
storms have winds of at least 39 mph.

It was not immediately known if Dec. 30 was the latest date for the
formation of a tropical storm in the Atlantic. But earlier this month,
Hurricane Epsilon became only the fifth hurricane to form in December in 154
years of record-keeping. Hurricanes form when their winds exceed 74 mph.

Zeta is the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet, which forecasters turned to
after they used up _ for the first time _ their list of 21 proper names for
storms. The record for tropical storms and hurricanes in a season had been
21, set in 1933 before such storms were regularly named.

The 2005 Atlantic storm season, which officially ended Nov. 30, included 14
hurricanes, including Epsilon.

(Thanks, Lloyd)

4 comments:

pagadan said...

It's tied with Alice in 1954 for the latest storm of the year; there were two Alices that year; one hit Mexico.

pagadan said...

Here on Earth, NASA has played a key role in
monitoring the most dangerous
tropical storm season in recorded history. On the
Hurricane Resource Pages,
you can view satellite images of land damaged in
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita
and Wilma as well as animated simulations of rainfall
and cloud structure.
http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/hurricane_2005.html
http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/h2005_rita.html

(Thanks again, Lloyd)

pagadan said...

Zeta continues to strengthen; they expected it to wind down sooner.

pagadan said...

MIAMI, Jan. 5, 2006 (AP Online delivered by Newstex) -- Zeta again
strengthened into a tropical storm Thursday and could break the record for
the storm lasting the longest into January since record keeping began in
1851.

Zeta, the 27th and final named storm in a tumultuous, record-breaking
hurricane season that officially ended more than a month ago, had sustained
winds near 40 mph at 10 a.m., up from 35 mph earlier in the day, according
to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Winds had reached 65 mph on
Wednesday....

Zeta is only the second Atlantic storm in recorded history to survive into
January, joining Hurricane Alice in 1955. After Zeta dissipates, Stewart
said, forecasters will review records to determine whether it or Alice
lasted longest into January.

(Thanks, Lloyd!)