Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

True tropical systems take backseat to hybrid storms

True tropical systems take backseat to hybrid storms

The National Hurricane Center started issuing advisories on this Subtropical system Wednesday morning.

And even though the forecast calls for it to fizzle, it's interesting nonetheless.

Tropical Depression Five is likely to become a tropical storm later today.

There soon could be another storm that gets a name in the Atlantic, but it will not be tropical! In some ways it's a distinction without a difference for everyone but meteorologists.

The system is not a threat to land, forecasters say.

It was centred about 645 miles (1,035 kilometres) east-southeast of Canada's Cape Race, Newfoundland, and moving northeast at 18 mph (30 kph).

As of the NHC's 5 a.m. Wednesday update, the depression has maximum sustained winds of about 35 miles per hour.

So far, the Atlantic hurricane season has been relatively inactive in terms of major storms and hurricanes. Even though the outlook has been adjusted to lower numbers, we haven't reached the peak of the Hurricane Season.

A faster northeastward motion is forecast for Thursday and Friday, meteorologists said. Airborne Saharan dust, which has been recorded as far away as Texas this season, is also keeping the atmosphere dry and unfavorable for tropical weather to form.

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