Since the 1700s, there have been 27 tropical systems that we know of which formed in the month of December. Teddy remained a powerful hurricane, with maximum sustained winds at 125mph. Five cyclones churn in Atlantic Ocean for only second time in history. On Friday, the final name assigned to the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was used, as tropical storm Wilfred formed 600 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands, midway between West Africa and northern Brazil, 1,500 miles or so behind tropical storm Teddy. In 2005, 11 storms followed Hurricane Rita – the most intense tropical cyclone on record in the Gulf of Mexico and the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. However, some computer models show that it may eventually move back northeast into the Caribbean again. It seems like every time there is a name issued for a tropical storm, it's the earliest that letter has been issued in recorded history. On Saturday, subtropical storm Alpha was weakening. Storms names … November hurricanes are not that rare, especially in the western Caribbean. #HurricaneSeason Beta had maximum sustained winds of 60mph (95kph) and was moving north-west at 3mph (6kph). What is ballot harvesting — and should you hand your ballot to a stranger? Meteorologists say many tropical storms are forming closer to the US than usual, their elevated frequency the result of above-average sea surface temperatures and low wind shear, meaning winds in the upper and lower atmosphere are comparatively consistent. All Rights Reserved. While rare, tropical systems can impact the U.S. in November. How do I vote in my state in the 2020 election? In total, Florida has been hit by eight tropical systems during November, two of which were hurricanes. Running Out of Hurricane Names. If that happens, there is some chance the system may be swept northward in the longer range — next weekend into the week after. Tropical Storm Eta formed in the central Caribbean on Saturday, becoming the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The predicted path of Tropical Storm Eta as of Saturday, October 31, 2020. Wind, heavy rainfall and life-threatening surf and rip current conditions were also expected. If Invest #96L should reach hurricane intensity, it would have plenty of company, historically. Tropical storm Wilfred remained at sea but was not expected to affect land conditions. A satellite image taken on Saturday shows tropical storm Beta, center, in the Gulf of Mexico. With weak and uncertain steering, the storm will likely meander near the Central American coast for a few days, dumping torrential rains on the region. One factor contributing to low wind shear is below-average surface temperatures in the eastern and central Pacific, a phenomenon known as La Niña, a climate pattern determined by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) in early September. Get the latest breaking news delivered straight to your inbox. As Eta approaches the border of Nicaragua and Honduras on Monday and Tuesday, steering patterns will break down, and the system will slow down considerably. Note: Tropical storms are given names when they display a rotating circulation pattern and wind speeds of 39 miles per hour (63 kilometers per hour). Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. This matters because tropical systems, which need ocean temperatures of 80 degrees or higher to form, are encountering this threshold more often, in more geographical areas and for a longer part of the year. / CBS News. Beta was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, 305 miles (495km) east-south-east of Corpus Christi, Texas, and 245 miles (395km) south of Lake Charles, Louisiana, the NH said in an advisory. In the Tropical Atlantic, sea surface temperatures have risen by 2 degrees Fahrenheit since that time as a result of human-caused climate change. Parts of the Alabama coast and Florida panhandle are still reeling from Sally, which roared ashore on Wednesday. Tropical storm Alpha dissipated on Friday night after bringing rain to Portugal. Rising temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean. ET on Sunday, Eta was located about 285 miles east of the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, moving west at 15 mph. As of 4 p.m. The US National Centers for Environmental Information has reported that August 2020 was the second-warmest August on record, that the northern hemisphere had its warmest summer, and that the globe as a whole had its third-hottest three-month spell. 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Beta, marking the 23rd tropical storm of 2020, was named more than a month earlier than 15 years ago. Election Day could turn into "Election Week" with rise in mail ballots. Tropical Storm Eta formed in the central Caribbean on Saturday, becoming the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The Greek alphabet has been used only once before – in 2005, when 27 storms were named, including 15 hurricanes of which four, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, attained category 5 strength on the Saffir-Simpson scale. MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Eta has formed in the Caribbean, tying the record for most named storms in a single Atlantic hurricane season. Prior to the 1950s, meteorologists kept track of hurricanes and tropical storms by the year and the storms’ order for that year. The list ends with those beginning with W and excludes Q, U, X, Y and Z. The average global land and ocean surface temperature in August was 0.94C (1.69F) above the 20th-century average of 15.6C (60.1F), making it the second-hottest such month in the 141-year record, behind 2016. In 1985, Hurricane Kate hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 2, and in 1935, the Yankee Hurricane hit Miami. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.