At 4 p.m. CDT Monday, we now have two new tropical storms that have quickly developed in the Central Atlantic, becoming the 16th & 17th named storms of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season…
First, we have Tropical Storm Paulette, located in the Central Atlantic. This storm evolved into a tropical storm earlier this morning, and is now slowly tracking Northwest at 3 mph. Currently, Paulette has a minimum central pressure of 1005mb and maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
Next, we have Tropical Storm Rene, which rapidly developed into a tropical storm this afternoon after moving off the coast of Africa & through the Cape Verde island chain. Currently, Rene is tracking WNW at 12 mph with a minimum central pressure of 1001mb and maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
Here are the current forecast tracks for both of these storms. Paulette is expected to remain a tropical storm over the next 5 days, as it slowly drags NW through the open waters of the Atlantic. Farther away from us, Rene is expected to strengthen into a hurricane & lift Northwest into the North-Central Atlantic, likely NOT posing any direct threat to land.
Meanwhile, closer to home, we still have one weak tropical wave being monitored by the National Hurricane Center for development. As of right now, however, this disturbance does not appear to pose any imminent threat to the mainland US. Another disturbance in Caribbean near Jamaica that was previously being monitored has now dissipated.
We’re now down to just four names left for the rest of the season. This means that once we get past Wilfred (which we almost certainly will, at this rate), we move onto the Greek alphabet for storm names–an event that hasn’t happened since the extraordinarily active season of 2005. The halfway point in the season, otherwise known as the historical “peak” of tropical activity, occurs on September 10th. This means we’re not quite past halfway done with hurricane season.
That’s all for now! Be sure to stay tuned for more tropical weather updates by following me on Twitter, @GriffinHardyWX. Have a great evening!