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Get Him to the Greek! Alpha, Beta both form

Wilfred, Alpha, Beta all formed Friday

Subtropical storm Alpha formed near Portugal Friday afternoon
Subtropical storm Alpha formed near Portugal Friday afternoon

ROANOKE, Va.5 p.m. Update

Tropical Depression 22 is now Tropical Storm Beta in the Gulf of Mexico.

Southern Texas will need to keep a very close on this storm. Storm surge and tropical storm or hurricane watches will likely be required for portions of the western Gulf Coast Friday night or on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

12:30 p.m. Update

Subtropical storm Alpha formed...near Portugal! This obviously has no impact on our weather, but it is the first time that we’ve had to use the Greek alphabet since 2005.

Beta will likely form Friday as well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical depression 22 will likely become Beta at some point Friday

This could bring a lot of rain to parts of the Texas Gulf Coast over the next few days. At the moment, it is not a concern for our weather.

If the jet stream can dip down south and grab this storm, we might be able to get some remnant rain from it later next week or next weekend.


Friday Morning Update

Just a day after Sally’s remnants dumped rain on our region, the Atlantic hurricane season strikes again. Wilfred developed over the open Atlantic and is not an imminent threat to the U.S.

Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in the open Atlantic

This is the last name on the list for the 2020 season.

2020 hurricane names

It’s remarkable to run out of names, but it’s especially remarkable considering hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30th.


About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.