After a few quiet days in the tropics, the week is beginning with the National Hurricane Center highlighting an area in the Caribbean Sea that has a low chance to develop into a tropical depression, forecasters said Sunday night.
“A broad area of low pressure could form over the western Caribbean Sea in a few days. Some slow development is possible late this week while the system moves slowly west-northwestward over the northwestern Caribbean,” wrote Eric Blake, a senior hurricane specialist with the NHC.
The low pressure area has a 0% chance of developing in the next two days, and a 20% chance to form in the next five days.
This season there have been 23 named storms, which is already roughly double the number for a normal season. The most recent storms were Alpha and Beta.
The next named storm will be Gamma.
The only other time the Greek alphabet was used was the 2005 season. The last named storm that season was Zeta, which didn’t dissipate until Jan. 6, 2006.
Hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30.