ORLANDO, Fla. – Don’t be surprised if by next week at this time there are two more named tropical systems in the Atlantic. One disturbance will likely be inconsequential, leaving the U.S. alone, but the other bears a little more watching if it does develop later next week.
A broad non-tropical low near Bermuda has a high likelihood of forming into a subtropical depression or storm within the next 24 to 48 hours. A subtropical depression or storm has both tropical and non-tropical characteristics. This disturbance is not a threat to the U.S at this time.
The one to pay closer attention to is a disturbance that hasn’t developed yet. An area of low pressure is expected to develop, however, over the southwest Caribbean over the next five days. It will have the potential to organize further as it moves slowly through the Caribbean by the middle of next week.
In time, it will likely lift north either into the Gulf of Mexico or the extreme southern Atlantic.
It is way too early to tell if Florida will be impacted by this system as it has yet to develop, but conditions are favorable in the Caribbean for tropical development over the next five days. There are no immediate threats to Florida, just something to be mindful of as we approach next weekend.
The next two names are Epsilon and Zeta. In the 2005 season, Zeta was reached. Zeta in 2005 formed in late December. Hurricane season officially ends Nov 30.