Tropical Storm Zeta Roils the Atlantic

January 3, 2006

The “hurricane season” ends in November – right? Maybe not. Miami’s National Hurricane Center is currently tracking Tropical Storm Zeta – the latest (earliest?) tropical cyclone ever recorded since record keeping began in 1851.

Fortunately Zeta is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, far from any landmass. Its center is currently located around 1450 miles (2335 kms) east-northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands.

The latest NHC bulletin notes that Zeta has strengthened slightly with “maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/hr) with higher gusts, mainly to the north of the center. Upper-level winds have become less hostile overnight and no significant weakening of Zeta is expected during the next 24 hours.”

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 kms) from the center. Zeta is moving toward the west-southwest at a leisurely 2 mph (3.2 km/hr).

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