ROANOKE, Va. – The Atlantic hurricane season traditionally ends on November 30th, and this is usually the time of year when we see tropical activity dwindling. Like most things in 2020, this hurricane season has been far from normal.
In fact, Subtropical Storm Theta formed over the open Atlantic Monday night. That’s the 29th named storm of the season, which breaks the record of 28 set back in 2005.
Subtropical Storm #Theta has formed in the subtropical Atlantic - the record-setting 29th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic #hurricane season to date. Old seasonal record for Atlantic named storms was 28 set in 2005. pic.twitter.com/n7MlvApeqp— Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) November 10, 2020
Fortunately, this storm is not a threat to us. However, Eta’s moisture will give us rain Wednesday and Thursday.
There is one more storm to watch in the Caribbean that the National Hurricane Center says has a 60% chance of developing within the next five days.
If that storm gets a ‘name,’ it would be the Greek letter, Iota. (There would still be 15 names to go in order for us to run out of the Greek alphabet. Simply put, that ain’t happening.)
Iota (if it were to form) would make the 30th named storm during the 2020 season. Even though the 2020 season has broken the record for most named storms, it’s important to note that the 2005 season was more intense.