CARIB | Nov 10, 2020

Another tropical wave brews in the Caribbean Sea

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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The latest activity in the north Atlantic Ocean, as at Tuesday (Nov. 10). Weather sleuths at the Florida-headquartered National Hurricane Center, eyeing storms Eta and Theta, are also keeping watch on a tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean (highlighted in yellow). The system has the potential to develop into the 30th tropical depression of the year—continuing on 2020’s frightening track record as the most active season. Ever. (Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for NHC)

The record-breaking 2020 hurricane season isn’t done with us just yet as another tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean seems poised to further develop in the next couple of days.

Meteorologists at the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) have given the weather disturbance a high, 70 per cent chance of strengthening on Tuesday (November 10) as it enters the warm waters of the western Caribbean Sea.

“The wave is expected to move westward into more conducive environmental conditions over the next several days, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or this weekend when the wave reaches the central or western Caribbean Sea,” the NHC advised.

The next three available names in the Greek alphabet are Iota, Kappa and Lambda.

In its 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) bulletin, the NHC says it is also monitoring two systems in the Atlantic basin: Tropical Storm Eta and subtropical storm Theta.

Theta formed late Monday night, becoming the 29th named storm of the season—the most since modern records and forecasting began in 1920.

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Satellite imagery of subtropical storm Theta on Tuesday. (Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA])

The cyclone, while posing is no threat to land, barrels east towards Europe with 112 kilometres/hour winds. Theta was last located at latitude 29.0 North, longitude 37.4 West or roughly 870 miles southwest of the Azores.

Meanwhile, a ‘nearly stationary’ Tropical Storm Eta hovers at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, between the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba’s westernmost tip.

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Tropical Storm Eta still churns at the fringes of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: NOAA)

As at 10:00 am EST, the centre of Eta was located at latitude 22.7 North, longitude 85.3 West, and packs maximum sustained winds at 95 kilometres/hour, with higher gusts.

According to the NHC, TS Eta is expected to somewhat strengthen within the next two days, followed by possible weakening starting on Thursday.


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