2020 was the winds of God’s wrath: Jeremiah 23

2020’s hurricane season was the Atlantic’s worst: See all 30 storms

Mary-Anne Desai December 7, 2020

Over thirty hurricanes and deadly tropical storms have ravaged the Atlantic in 2020. These devastating storms have destroyed our homes, local businesses, and schools. We are looking back at all the natural disasters that hit the American continent this year.

America is not overlooked when it comes to scary hurricanes or tropical storms. The nation reached a record high with the amount of disasters during this hurricane season. Buzzfeed News declares these storms have “killed dozens and left thousands homeless” before the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Scientists believe even more hurricanes & severe storms could have occurred this season without detection. Buzzfeed News reported a senior staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Michael Wehner believes “the great unknown question is how climate change impacts the number of hurricanes” as their data is definitely limited.

Satellites can’t pick up every sign of a storm and with constant changes in the Earth’s atmosphere, there’s a higher chance many disasters will arise at the height of hurricane season. Michael Wehner stated, “If the conditions are perfect for a hurricane, all else equal except more energy is available, they are going to be more intense”.

Tropical Storms

Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Arthur

Arthur was recorded as the first storm of the 2020 hurricane season and occurred between May 16th and 19th. The storm impacted three major locations, Cuba, Florida, and North Carolina.

Tropical Storm Bertha

Bertha was one of the quicker storms, only impacting South Carolina for a brief spell during hurricane season. The tropical storm caused landfalls and flooding along the city’s coast between May 27th and May 28th.

Tropical Storm Cristobal

The Cristobal Storm first hit along the Pacific coast of Guatemala in Central America and then crashed into Louisiana. The storm occurred from June 1st to June 9th.

Tropical Storm Dolly

Another quick storm, Dolly only spent time in the Atlantic Ocean between June 22nd and June 24th.

Tropical Storm Edouard

Flash storm Edouard never made any landfalls and survived between July 4th and July 6th.

Tropical Storm Fay

Storm Fay introduced a couple of thunderstorms in New Jersey. This included a dense amount of rain and a massive landfall between July 9th and July 11th.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Gonzalo was a swift storm that happened in Trinidad and Tobago between July 21st and July 25th.

Tropical Storm Josephine

Josephine was luckily recorded as the storm that never touched land on August 11th to August 16th.

Tropical Storm Kyle

Kyle was an Atlantic ocean-based storm between August 14th and August 16th.

Tropical Storm Omar

Storm Omar left no physical damage done. The storm did not hit land and occurred on August 31st to September 5th.

Tropical Storm Rene

Rene may have happened during high season, an alarming time for storms, but it fortunately never touched land. The storm took place on September 7th to September 14th.

Tropical Storm Vicky

Tropical Storm Vicky did not cause much harm because it occurred within the bound of the Atlantic ocean between September 14th and September 17th.

Tropical Storm Beta

Beta the tropical storm hit Texas and made a major landfall in the United States of America. Beta created heavy rain between September 17th and September 22nd.

Tropical Storm Wilfred

Buzzfeed News reported Wilfred was the final storm to have a “traditional name”. The storm came from West Africa and luckily landed in the Central Atlantic Ocean on September 18th to September 20th.

Subtropical Storm Alpha

Alpha hit the Atlantic ocean on September 18th , 2020. Reuters stated the storm was short-lived and came off the coast of Portugal.

Tropical Storm Gamma

Gamma created a landfall on Mexico’s Yucatàn Peninsula and took place during October 2nd and October 5th.

Tropical Storm Theta

Theta was the final tropical storm to occur in 2020 between November 10th and November 15th.

Hurricanes

Hurricane Hanna

Hurricane Hanna was the first hurricane of hurricane season to kick off the chain of storms flooding in. Hanna started in South Texas and was labelled a Category 1 storm, occurring between July 23rd and July 27th.

Hurricane Isaias

Hurricane Isaias occurred on July 30th to August 5th. The hurricane caused many tornadoes and dense rainfall on the East Coast of America.

Hurricane Laura

According to UN News, Hurricane Laura was the “most dangerous hurricane” this year, moving from a Category 1 to a Category 4 within one day. Laura ravaged from August 20th to August 28th.

Hurricane Marco

Marco occurred between August 20th and August 25th. The hurricane started in the Gulf of Mexico and ended near the Mississippi River in the United States of America.

Hurricane Nana

Hurricane Nana was a Category 1 storm located within Central America. The storm entered the Caribbean country, Belize between September 1st and September 4th.

Hurricane Paulette

Paulette was a Category 2 hurricane and is believed to have become a tropical storm days after it disappeared. The hurricane started on September 7th to September 22nd.

Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally started in Florida as a Category 2 storm between September 11th and September 17th.

Hurricane Teddy

On September 12th to September 22nd, Teddy was labelled as a Category 4 hurricane and eventually traveled along the Atlantic, hitting Canada.

Hurricane Delta

Delta occurred across Louisiana and was labelled as a Category 2 storm on October 4th to October 10th.

Hurricane Eta

Eta was one of the longest hurricanes in hurricane season, happening between October 31st and November 13th. It started in Nicaragua and hit most of Central America including Cuba and the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane ended outside Florida.

Hurricane Iota

To end hurricane season, Iota was the last recorded hurricane of 2020 and labelled as a Category 4 storm which started in Nicaragua and ended near Guatemala. BBC News called Hurricane Iota “the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the year”.

These tropical storms and hurricanes made history with thirty devastating floods and heavy rainfalls. Many homes were lost and hundreds of lives were taken by these natural disasters in 2020.

The winds of God‘s wrath is still not over: Jeremiah 23

Record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially over … but could still break more records

By Mark Puleo, AccuWeather staff write

Published Nov. 30, 2020 8:00 AM

The number of storms was literally off the charts this year, with more named cyclones than any other year in history – but in one aspect, the relentless season didn’t even crack the top 10.

Generating storms at a rapid-fire pace and filled with enough plot twists to rival an M. Night Shyamalan movie, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season started early and ended with a trio of storms in late October through mid-November. And, as AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno remarked, “it never stopped” in between.

AccuWeather’s team of tropical weather forecasters, led by veteran meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, saw many of the plot twists coming way back in March when they called for a ”hyperactive” Atlantic basin season to ensue, and the 2020 hurricane season indeed provided steadfast suspense with what seemed like daily new tropical developments and all manner of unique storm tracks.

Along with giving multiple pages of the hurricane record book some new ink, the 2020 season also challenged conventional logic for some long-held assumptions about hurricane season, such as the pace at which a storm intensifies and the areas where certain storms may hit.

Plus, the 2020 season also demonstrated how the official June 1 beginning and Nov. 30 end of hurricane season are flexible dates in the eyes of Mother Nature.

For just the second time in the modern hurricane-naming era, the Atlantic season exhausted its pre-determined list of designated storm names for the season. After burning through the 21 names from the English alphabet by mid-September, the season began moving through the Greek alphabet for the first time since 2005.

With 30 named storms this year, the 2020 season shattered the record previously held by the infamous 2005 season for most named systems in a single season. Of those 30, 13 became hurricanes and six of those became major hurricanes – Category 3 or stronger. And just because the Atlantic basin hurricane season ends on Nov. 30, that doesn’t mean more tropical cyclone activity won’t happen this year — more on that below.

Like a well-rounded prizefighter, the season packed speed, strength and stamina into its six-month marathon. Here are some of the biggest takeaways that will be remembered when looking back on the 2020 season:

Speed

Right out of the gates, even before hurricane season was officially underway, a flurry of storms developed and broke many records in the process. The season’s first named system, Tropical Storm Arthur, formed on May 14 and was quickly followed by Tropical Storm Bertha 10 days later. The pair of May storms marked the first Atlantic basin hurricane season since 2012 that featured two “pre-season” storms, as both formed before June 1, the official beginning of the Atlantic basin hurricane season.

That quick pace set the tone for the season, in which dozens of records were broken. After Bertha, Tropical Storm Cristobal became the fastest forming C-letter storm on record, and while Tropical Storm Dolly didn’t get the record for earliest-forming D-letter storm, every following storm from Tropical Storm Edouard to Hurricane Iota broke the respective earliest-forming records.

The speed of intensification was also remarkable with a number of the tropical cyclones this season. According to Sam Lillo, a meteorologist with the University of Oklahoma, 10 of the season’s 13 hurricanes underwent rapid intensification, matching a record set by the 1995 season.

Rapid intensification is defined as a storm undergoing a maximum wind increase of at least 29 mph within a 24-hour period. Lillo added that six of those storms were Greek-letter storms.

One of those rapidly intensifying storms, Zeta, also packed notable forward speed during its trek across the Gulf of Mexico. Barreling toward Louisiana, the hurricane moved at a breakneck pace of 22 mph and quickly jumped from Category 1 to Category 2 strength just before coming ashore.

At the spot of landfall, AccuWeather National Reporter Jonathan Petramala captured the moments Zeta bolted onshore and tore homes apart.

Strength

Although the storms of 2020 will certainly be remembered for their quantity and rapid succession, the cumulative strength of the season, recognized by the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) Index, paints a different picture.

While this year’s season packed the highest number of total named storms of any season on record, the ACE index suggests that the season may have been more mild than extreme.

“The Accumulated Cyclone Energy Index characterizes the intensity and longevity of all storms in a year,” AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologist Geoff Cornish said. “While the Atlantic produced more storms than any other year on record, the ACE generated by the 30 storms was disproportionately low.”

Cornish explained that as the season draws to a close, “2020 lands in 13th place for ACE generated in a year.” Records on ACE have been kept going back to 1851. “In other words,” Cornish noted, “12 other years produced more ACE in the Atlantic than the 2020 season.”

For perspective, Cornish, citing data from Colorado State University, pointed to the years 1933, 2005, 1893 and 1926 as Atlantic basin hurricane seasons that ranked substantially higher on the ACE Index despite having fewer storms.

“This indicates there were several weak storms during the season,” Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather’s chief hurricane expert, said, adding, “2005 had more intense hurricanes with five Category 5 hurricanes.” Kottlowksi pointed out that 2020 produced only one Category 5 storm, Iota, the last hurricane of the season (so far).

“For much of this year, the ACE generated per storm has been half of the long-term, historical average,” Cornish pointed out. “In other words, we’ve had a swarm of weaker, short-lived storms. However, there have been a few great exceptions like Teddy [the year’s top ACE producer with 27.8 units], Eta, Paulette, the storm that wouldn’t go away, Delta, Epsilon, Laura and Iota.” All of those storms produced 10 or more units of ACE.

While Teddy, a Category 4 hurricane in September, produced the highest ACE, history is more likely to remember the devastating landfalls of hurricanes such as Laura in Louisiana and the combo of Eta and Iota in Central America.

Laura struck the Bayou State with landfalling winds not seen since pre-Civil War America, causing about $25 to $30 billion of damage, according to AccuWeather estimates. Louisiana was further damaged by Hurricane Delta and Hurricane Zeta en route to a record-breaking season for the state.

However, despite the cornucopia of previous storms, no 2020 storm packed as much punch as the final named storm of the season, Hurricane Iota.

Iota reached Category 5 strength on Nov. 16, becoming the first hurricane on record ever to reach that strength so late in a season. At its peak intensity, sustained winds hit 160 mph and the storm’s central barometric pressure reached a minimum of 27.08 inches of mercury, or 917 millibars, as its center made a close pass by the Colombian islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. Low barometric pressure is a telltale sign of a storm’s powerful intensity.

Iota would go on to slam Central America in nearly the same exact spot that Hurricane Eta had wrought devastation less than two weeks before. Eta, which made landfall in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, struck with Category 4 strength and claimed dozens of lives and left hundreds more missing.

Just two weeks later, Iota came ashore less than 15 miles from Puerto Cabezas and dealt another tragic blow to the region, triggering a humanitarian crisis with millions of residents being trapped in what AccuWeather Founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers called “one of the worst floods in some of these areas in a thousand years or more.”

Kottlowksi suggested that one reason that the 2020 season produced so many named storms could have something to do with meteorologists’ enhanced ability to spot lesser tropical cyclones as technology has advanced over the years. He said that “newer technology enables forecasters to better analyze the smaller, less-detectable storms, and we had a few very short-lived storms, which might not have been detected more than 20 years ago.”

Stamina

“It started early – and it never stopped,” AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said of the 2020 Atlantic basin hurricane season.

What the 2020 season may be most remembered for is just how long it lasted and its exhausting pace. “Typically, we get the mid-season doldrums in mid-July to mid-August,” Rayno said. “That didn’t happen this year.”

In fact, the season never had a period of two consecutive weeks without at least one storm in circulation. The longest stretch without an active storm was between the end of Tropical Storm Cristobal and the start of Tropical Storm Dolly, which was 13 days.

It was common throughout the season to have multiple named storms occupying attention at once, particularly during September. At one point during the month, five different named storms – Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy and Vicky – were spinning at once.

The overabundance of storms also set a new record for the most landfalling named storms on U.S. soil in a single year — 12 storms came ashore on the U.S. coastline, shattering the record of nine that had stood since 1916. Another record was set in Louisiana for most landfalling storms in the state for a single season.

The battered Bayou State sustained hits from five landfalling named storms this year, four of which were hurricanes. Spread out over 20 weeks, from Cristobal to Zeta, Louisiana residents never got a reprieve this season.

In terms of longevity, no 2020 storm lived longer than Paulette, which hung around for a whopping 15 days before dissipating near Portugal after impacting Bermuda a full week prior.

A look at Paulette’s long history in the Atlantic Ocean. (AccuWeather)

Another notably long-lasting track was the one charted by Eta, which took a unique zig-zagging route from its initial landfalls as a hurricane in Central America, before making landfalls in Cuba and the Florida Keys as a tropical storm. Eta then made a final landfall along the west coast of Florida, near Tampa, a region that very rarely absorbs a direct hit from a tropical system.

Hurricane Eta’s winding journey featured significant impacts dealt to both Central America and the United States, with a stop in Cuba in between. (AccuWeather)

In early August, Hurricane Isaias left a memorable mark on the season by ravaging the East Coast, particularly the Northeast. In Philadelphia and New York City, lives were claimed by the widespread flooding and falling trees as a result of the storm’s intense winds and numerous tornadoes it spawned.

Widespread power outages also remained in the Northeast for multiple days, marking a wide-ranging spread of impacts after the storm’s initial landfall in the Bahamas. The storm restrengthened into a hurricane in time to strike North Carolina following several days when it was parallel along the coasts of Florida and Georgia.

From there, Isaias pummeled the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, leaving long-lasting memories for a region not accustomed to such storms, a sentiment Kottlowski echoed when recounting his most memorable storms of the year.

“Isaias caused considerable wind damage up the East Coast of the U.S.,” Kottlowski said. “I was impressed on how the storm maintained a very intense wind field for more than two days after moving inland.”

Have we seen the end of the 2020 season?

While Nov. 30 may mark the official end to the Atlantic basin hurricane season, Mother Nature has always played by her own rules and 2020 could prove to be no different. Forecasters were closely monitoring a system that was beginning to take shape southeast of the Azores in the eastern Atlantic on Monday, warning that it could become Subtropical Storm Kappa at any moment. Subtropical storms are hybrid systems that acquire both tropical and non-tropical characteristics.

So should we have any confidence that the 2020 season will follow the rules and end before December?

“It is very unlikely that we’d see anything hitting the United States because the westerlies – the steering flow of winds out of the west – are so strong that any storm that would try to develop would likely be steered east of the U.S.,” Rayno said of the potential for tropical activity beyond Nov. 30. But, he said, considering the entirety of the Atlantic basin, “I’m not going to rule it out.”

As Kottlowski pointed out, some conditions are still in place to support development. “There is considerable warm water in place over parts of the Atlantic Basin that could support late-season development even during the month of December,” he said. Indeed, during the waning days of the 2020 hurricane season, water temperatures were still above 80 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico. And even in some places where temperatures were below 80, they were still above average for this time of year.

“I can see another storm [developing] that would take us to 31,” Rayno said, noting that an eye should be kept on the area around Bermuda. But, he added, for the U.S., “I think essentially we’re done.”

Final tally

Depending on where people live, the 2020 season could be remembered for a plethora of different reasons.

“The big story of this season is the number of landfalls and the rapid intensification of some of these storms,” Rayno said. The two hot spots this season that really caught Rayno’s attention were the areas of the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, which resulted in the Louisiana coast taking a beating as well as the Nicaragua coast, which Rayno dubbed “the Louisiana of Central America,” being hard hit.

Kottlowski echoed that point. “Two major hurricane hits on Nicaragua and Honduras in nearly the same areas,” he marveled. “Another highly unusual situation causing significant damage and suffering.”

In Central America, the one-two punch of Eta and Iota could leave scars for decades, much like how the powerful effects of Hurricane Mitch from 1998 are still remembered.

In the Southeast, the barrage of Louisiana storms worked their way through inland areas and will leave plenty of dark memories following the widespread power outages that blanketed states such as Georgia.

However, for all weather enthusiasts, the memories of 2020 will be memorialized by the broken records and the nonstop twists and turns. Amid a wacky year that has left the globe upended by the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented and never-ending hurricane season may have been perfectly fitting. Or for some, maybe too fitting.

Today is the last day of the winds of God’s wrath? Jeremiah 23

Today is the last day of the record-smashing 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

Thank goodness

By Justine Calma on November 30, 2020 11:42 am

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends today, wrapping up a truly exhausting season that smashed records and dealt repeated blows to vulnerable coastal communities.

It’s just been crazy,” says Allison Wing an assistant professor of meteorology at Florida State University. “For the forecasters and scientists involved I think everyone is really just a bit tired at this point and kind of ready for it to be over.”

“ THIS WAS THE MOST ACTIVE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON EVER DOCUMENTED”

This was the most active Atlantic hurricane season ever documented. Thirteen storms strengthened into hurricanes, the second highest number in recorded history. Thirty storms grew strong enough to earn a name, beating 2005’s record of 28 storms. The World Meteorological Organization actually ran out of storm names by September, turning to the Greek alphabet for labels for the first time since 2005. For comparison, an average season only has a dozen named storms.

Researchers knew this year would be a doozy from the beginning. “All of the things pointed in the direction of having a very active season, and then it came to fruition,” says Matthew Rosencrans, a meteorologist at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic were warmer than usual, fueling stronger storms. The West African monsoon, a major wind system that can influence storms over the Atlantic, was also stronger this year. There was also weaker vertical wind shear over the Atlantic, which is good news for hurricanes since stronger wind shear can tear the storms apart. The season became even busier when a La Nina climate pattern developed in September and weakened the wind shear even more.

“ “ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE THINGS ABOUT 2020 IS JUST ALL THESE STORMS RAPIDLY INTENSIFYING.”

While a busy season was predictable, nine storms this season threw additional curveballs at forecasters when they rapidly intensified as they approached land. “To me, that’s one of the most notable things about 2020 is just all these storms rapidly intensifying up to or almost up to the point of landfall,” says Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University.

Storms that gain power so quickly can be especially dangerous because it gives people less time to prepare for the fierce winds and rising waters. There are only two other years — 1995 and 2010 — with nine rapidly intensifying storms on the books, according to Klotzbach. Unfortunately, rapid intensification appears to be happening more often as global average temperatures continue to rise.

The fury of these intense storms was not evenly distributed. Some places got hit repeatedly, with barely any room between storms to brace themselves. Eta and Iota devastated Nicaragua and Honduras within two weeks of each other this November. Iota, the strongest hurricane on record to strike Nicaragua, triggered catastrophic flooding and landslides; at least 40 people have died across Central America and Columbia as a result. Louisiana was hard hit, too. Five storms, nearly half of all of the storms that made landfall in the US this year, struck the state. The most devastating was Hurricane Laura, which made landfall with category 4 strength and killed at least 23 people in the state. Iota and Laura pushed tens of thousands more from their homes.

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season was horrible, but by some measures, it still pales in comparison to 2005. While 2020 had more storms, 2005 had stronger storms. Thankfully, no single storm this year matched the pain wrought by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina which killed well over 1,000 people.

“ FORECASTERS ARE STILL AT WORK”

Now, the season is formally over, but 2020 isn’t one to stick with formalities. Officially, the season begins on June 1st each year and ends on November 30th. But this year, the first named storm, Arthur, developed in May. That made this the sixth consecutive year that a storm earned its name before June 1st. Normally, the Atlantic’s season follows a curve, with the busiest part of the season in September before gradually tapering off. This year, some of the strongest hurricanes — Eta and Iota — struck unusually late, and they may not be the last storms to form. Just like it disregarded the official start to the season, 2020 may persist past its official end. There’s no guarantee that we won’t see more stragglers through December.

Forecasters are still at work and are currently keeping an eye on a low-pressure system in the eastern Atlantic, which could become Kappa.

Still another wind of God’s wrath: Jeremiah 23

Hurricane center increases odds of development for system in far east Atlantic

By PAOLA PÉREZ

ORLANDO SENTINEL

NOV 29, 2020 AT 1:40 PM

One system in the Atlantic Ocean with potential to form into a tropical or subtropical depression or storm was under close watch by the National Hurricane Center on Sunday, as the end of hurricane season grew closer.

As of 1 p.m., the non-tropical low pressure system system was becoming more organized in the far east Atlantic and moving towards the Canary Islands, producing showers and thunderstorms near Africa.

Forecasters described it as “strong and large.” It poses no threat to Florida or the U.S. at large.

The low could acquire subtropical characteristics over the next couple of days, but environmental conditions are expected to become less favorable for development by the middle of the week, the NHC’s latest advisory said.

“Regardless of development, this system should cause strong winds and locally heavy rains in the Madeira Islands through Monday or Tuesday,” the advisory read.

If it achieves circulation and spun up to at least 39 mph, it would be most likely subtropical and become Subtropical Storm Kappa.

On Sunday morning, the center stopped tracking a separate system in the Central Atlantic that had low developmental chances throughout Saturday.

In 2005, the last of its tropical storms, Tropical Storm Zeta, formed on Dec. 30 and lasted through Jan. 6 of 2006.

Staff writer Richard Tribou and Lynnette Cantos contributed to this report.

War winds of God‘s wrath are coming: Jeremiah 23

2 systems developing with just days left in 2020 hurricane season

FOX 35 Orlando6 hours ago

Tropics Update: November 27, 2020

FOX 35 meteorologist Kristin Giannas is watching the tropics.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The very active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season ends Monday and we are watching two systems for possible development.

A non-tropical area of low pressure is located several hundred miles southeast of Bermuda.

According to the National Hurricane Center, development is unlikely during the next day or so due to unfavorable upper-level winds. 

“By Sunday, environmental conditions are expected to become a little more conducive for the low to briefly acquire subtropical characteristics as it moves northeastward ahead of a frontal system.”

Chances of development are at 40% over the next 2 days. 

Another non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to form over the far eastern Atlantic during the weekend.

The NHC says the system could gradually gain subtropical characteristics early next week while it moves slowly southward to the west and southwest of Portugal. So far, development chances over the next 5 days remain low at 20%.

This hurricane season has been one for the record books with 30 named storms forming this season.  

Meanwhile, the first big cold front of the season for Central Florida is just days away.

Look for a dramatic fall in local temperatures for both day and night for much of next week. By Monday and Tuesday, we could see some of the coldest air in our area since last January and February when parts of Central Florida drop into the 30s and 40s.

The winds of God‘s wrath prepares to pound Florida: Jeremiah 23

Hurricane center expects system east of Florida to gain subtropical traits later this week

By JOE MARIO PEDERSEN

ORLANDO SENTINEL

NOV 25, 2020 AT 3:42 PM

Despite the near end of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is staying vigilant in monitoring a low-pressure area with odds of becoming the 31st named storm of the year toward the end of the week.

The end of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is just six days away but one more name could be added to the record-setting list as the National Hurricane Center increases the odds for the development of a system just east of Florida.

A broad area of low pressure is several hundred miles east-southeast of Bermuda and is shedding off disorganized showers, along with gale-force winds, to the east of its center, the NHC said in its 1 p.m. update.

The system has a 10% chance of becoming a tropical depression or a tropical storm in the next two days, but the NHC decreased its five-day forecast to a 20% chance of developing. The low’s odds remain minimum due to strong upper-level winds limiting the development of the system Monday.

The winds of God‘s wrath destroys Somalia: Jeremiah 23

Somalia’s Strongest Tropical Cyclone Ever Recorded Could Drop 2 Years’ Rain In 2 Days

Matthew S. Schwartz

November 22, 20205:25 PM ET

The strongest tropical cyclone ever measured in the northern Indian Ocean has made landfall in eastern Africa, where it is poised to drop two years’ worth of rain in the next two days.

Tropical Cyclone Gati made landfall in Somalia on Sunday with sustained winds of around 105 mph. It’s the first recorded instance of a hurricane-strength system hitting the country. At one point before landfall, Gati’s winds were measured at 115 mph.

Gati is the strongest tropical cyclone that has been recorded in this region of the globe; further south than any category 3-equivalent cyclone in the North Indian Ocean,” said Sam Lillo, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Physical Sciences Laboratory.

Its intensification from about 40 mph to 115 mph was “the largest 12-hour increase on record for a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean,” Lillo added.

One reason Gati intensified so quickly is because the size of the cyclone itself is quite small, Lillo said. The warm water in the area coupled with low wind shear also contributed to the rapid strengthening, Accuweather reported.

“With climate change we’re seeing warmer ocean temperatures and a more moist atmosphere that’s leading to a greater chance of rapid intensification for tropical cyclones like Gati,” meteorologist and climate journalist Eric Holthaus told NPR. “Gati’s strength is part of that broader global pattern of stronger storms.”

And those storms are leading to a lot more rain. Northern Somalia usually gets about 4 inches of rain per year; data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show Gati could bring 8 inches over the next two days — “two years worth of rainfall in just two days,” Holthaus said. Some isolated areas could see even more than that.

“The system may impact Socotra, Somalia, Yemen and western Oman from [Sunday] night into Monday and potentially Tuesday, with the main threat being heavy rain and flash flooding,” said AccuWeather’s lead international meteorologist, Jason Nicholls, told the site.

A United Nations alert warned the storm posed an immediate threat to the marine shipping lane that links Somalia and the Gulf states.

Gati is much more intense than the previous strongest storm to hit Somalia — a 2018 cyclone that brought winds of 60 mph.

More winds of God’s Wrath to hit Florida: Jeremiah 23

Hurricane center eyes system east of Florida with odds of becoming a tropical storm

By JOE MARIO PEDERSEN

ORLANDO SENTINEL

NOV 23, 2020 AT 1:10 PM

The National Hurricane Center isn’t taking it easy just because the end of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is around the corner as another tropical system emerged just east of Florida and has low odds of developing.

A broad area of low pressure is about a hundred miles northeast of the Bahamas and is shedding off disorganized showers to the northeast and east of its center, the NHC said in its 1 p.m. update.

The system has a 10% chance of becoming a tropical depression or a tropical storm in the next two days, and a 20% chance of doing so in the next five days. The low’s odds remain minimum due to strong upper-level winds limiting development of the system Monday.

The low is later expected to merge with a cold front on Tuesday. However, the low will have another opportunity to gain subtropical characteristics if it can separate from the front while slowly moving over the central Atlantic.

If the system does become a tropical storm it will become the the 31st named storm of the year and receive the Greek letter Kappa as its name.

The final day of the Atlantic hurricane season is next Monday, Nov. 30.

Winds of God’s wrath to threaten Florida: Jeremiah 23

Tropical disturbance reemerges northeast of the Caribbean Sea

By ROBIN WEBB

SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL

NOV 22, 2020 AT 2:35 PM

With just a little more than a week left in hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is once again monitoring an area of low pressure that has resurfaced in the Atlantic basin.

The disturbance, located to the northeast of the Caribbean on Sunday, has a 20% chance of developing in the next five days, likely somewhere between the Bahamas and Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to move in a northeastward direction.

The 2020 hurricane season became the busiest in recorded history when Tropical Storm Theta formed on Nov. 9. Only 2005 has had more hurricanes on record, at 15, Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said.

This hurricane season has been marked by storms — such as Hannah, Laura, Sally, Teddy, Gamma, Delta and Zeta — that have “rapidly intensified,” meaning a gain of at least 35 mph in wind speed in a 24-hour period. Iota, the most recent named storm, doubled that mark in the overnight hours of Nov. 15, when it intensified from a Category 2 hurricane to a Category 4. It dissipated over western El Salvador last week.

Meanwhile, a study on hurricanes in the North Atlantic was published this month in the scientific journal Nature.

The study found that these hurricanes are “staying stronger after making landfall, which suggests these storms could cause greater destruction in areas farther from the coast in the future,” according to AccuWeather.

The next named storm would be Kappa.

At least 26 dead in Central America from the winds of God’s wrath: Jeremiah 23

At least 26 dead in Central America from powerful Hurricane Iota – ABC News

Iota made landfall Monday night in Nicaragua.

Honduran authorities transfer residents affected by IotaThe residents affected by Hurricane Iota were evacuated to a shelter in the Olympic village in Tegucigalpa.Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

At least 26 people are dead in the wake of powerful Hurricane Iota, which is still delivering heavy rain and winds to Central America.

Iota made landfall Monday night in Nicaragua, and though the storm is dissipating, the threat for heavy rain continues. The rainfall is expected to cause mudslides and life-threatening flash flooding and river flooding.

In Nicaragua, at least 16 people died, including 12 of whom died in a landslide in Matagalpa, state-run Radio Nicaragua reported. Vice President Rosario Murillo also said two children died while trying to cross a river on Monday.

In Bilwi, Nicaragua, there are “falling trees, electricity poles, roofs of houses that were blown up in the air and a hotel that lost its entire roof,” SINAPRED’s Director Guillermo González said.

More than 114,000 homes have no power and over 47,000 are without water, the government said.

In Honduras, at least five people have died and over 61,000 people are living in shelters, according to the Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO).

In Colombia, at least two are dead, while six others are wounded and one person is missing, said President Iván Duque.

Residents remove debris from their houses destroyed by the passing of Hurricane Iota, in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, Nov. 18, 2020.Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

One woman was killed in Panama, officials said. One person has died in Guatemala and another person died in El Salvador, government officials said.

In Honduras, the government has issued a red alert throughout the country and ordered the closure of main highways through Wednesday.

Iota made landfall about 15 miles from where Hurricane Eta made landfall as a Category 4 just 13 days earlier.

Aid workers in Central America were still discovering the extent of damage from Eta when Iota hit, said Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Iota is now the strongest hurricane to hit Nicaragua in November on record.

“We’re running out of superlatives for this Atlantic hurricane season. It’s record breaking in every sense of the word. We are currently, with Iota, on the 30th named tropical storm,” Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization, said at a U.N. news briefing in Geneva.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., a storm system in the West helped to spread wildfire in Reno, Nevada, where more than a dozen homes were damaged yesterday.

Thankfully, the forward progress of the fire has been stopped while winds gusted 50 to 60 mph in the Reno area yesterday and, with dry conditions, it was easy for the fire to spread.

The highest wind gust on Tuesday was in Nevada of up to 110 mph in the mountains.

On Wednesday, there are wind, snow and fire alerts that have been issued from California to Missouri.

Gusty dry winds are expected again for the West and into the Plains.

But, at the same time the storm that is bringing all the wind, it is also dumping feet of snow in California’s Sierra Nevada Range and rain will continue from northern California to Oregon and Washington.

But, at the same time the storm that is bringing all the wind, it is also dumping feet of snow in California’s Sierra Nevada Range and rain will continue from northern California to Oregon and Washington.ABC News

In the East, the coldest air of the season is here with freeze warnings and a frost advisory from Alabama to the Carolinas and Virginia where temperatures in the Southeast are at or below freezing for the first time this year.

In the Northeast, New York City is under a freeze warnings as temperatures drop to freezing in the five boroughs where wind chills are down into the 20s and even the teens.

In the Northeast, New York City is under a freeze warnings as temperatures drop to freezing in the five boroughs where wind chills are down into the 20s and even the teens.ABC News

This chilly, winter-like air mass will not last too long in the Northeast or Midwest and, by tomorrow and into Friday, temperatures are expected to quickly rebound into the 60s and even the 70s for some.