Eye on the Tropics

Atlantic disturbance could form into a tropical storm this week

ORLANDO, Fla. — Update:

A large, broad low-pressure area has been producing disorganized thunderstorms for several days in the Central Atlantic.


In the coming days, there is a 50% chance that it will form into a tropical or subtropical storm, certified meteorologist George Waldenberger said.

Although rare, occasionally tropical cyclones do form outside of the traditional Atlantic hurricane season window of June 1 through Nov. 30, Waldenberger said.

Hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, of Colorado State University, said that 10 named tropical systems have formed in the month of December since 1950.

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If the system forms, the next name on the list is Owen.

Either way, it will not affect Florida or the United States’ east coast.

The system only has several days to form before moving over cooler water by the end of this week.

Watch chief meteorologist Tom Terry’s updated forecast live on Channel 9 Eyewitness News by clicking here.


Earlier story:

Though the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season ended nearly a week ago, there is still activity in the tropics.

The 2022 hurricane season ended Nov. 30.

The National Hurricane Center said there were 14 named storms, including eight hurricanes, in 2022.

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Channel 9 meteorologists are now tracking a rare December spin-up in the middle of the Atlantic.

The complex low-pressure area could become a named storm as it moves northwest, away from the U.S. and toward Europe.

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The disturbance will eventually move toward the Azores as a big wind maker, then eventually toward France.

Thankfully, there are no tropical threats to Florida.

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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly, WFTV.com

Jason Kelly joined WFTV in 2014.