A "New" December Subtropical Storm in the Atlantic

A "New" December Subtropical Storm in the Atlantic

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Did you hear about the Atlantic subtropical storm in early December of last year? Probably not. It was not declared as a subtropical storm until recently. At the end of each hurricane season, meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center review and reassess past data and often may see a system that was marginal or didn’t seem to meet tropical storm status at the time. Those are then added to the official database with whatever strength and track that they had.

In this case the eastern Atlantic subtropical storm, that formed near the Azores, is counted with the total of tropical storms for 2013 but is given no name. Part of the reason why storms that are later declared don’t get names is because names are given in real-time and alphabetically. There’s no way to insert a name in the middle of the list that already occurred and maintain the integrity of the list.

It is not unusual for small, brief storms that stay out in the open sea to be missed where data is limited to only satellite and an occasional passing ship. Likewise, some post-season reviews move storms that were strong tropical storms into minimal hurricane status, if data shows they met the criteria.

Read the full report on this unnamed subtropical storm from the National Hurricane Center. A short version of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season summary is here.

A subtropical storm has features of both a tropical storm and a regular low pressure system. When they make landfall, the impact is very much the same as that of tropical storms. Subtropical storms that strengthen can become hurricanes.

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