Tracking the tropics: Tropical Storm Zeta forms over the Caribbean Sea

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- For those who may not know, the Atlantic tropical season begins on June 1 and lasts through November 31st every year. While much of the activity is winding down, at this point we can still have systems form like the one over the Caribbean Sea.

On Sunday, tropical storm Zeta formed. This is the 27th named storm for this season. The 2020 Atlantic tropical season ties the 2005 season for going this far down the list of names available in one season since the modern naming system began back in the early 1950s. The modern naming system has a list of 21 names available each year for use. If all names are used, the Greek alphabet list becomes active. We have only had to use the Greek alphabet two times, once in 2005 and again this year.

The 2005 Atlantic tropical season holds the title for most named storms with the count at 28, while this year stands at 27. How is that possible you may ask? A post-season analysis of 2005 by the NHC showed that a storm reached naming criteria. Since this discovery was after the fact, that system was given “unnamed” status but was still included in the named total for 2005.

While this year may still stand in 2nd place for total named storms, it holds the record for most U.S. landfalling tropical systems.

Looking at the image above, you can see this system is forecast to move toward the U.S. making landfall by the middle of the week. While most of the impacts are forecast to stay east of Arkansas, it could help enhance our rain potential some for mid-week.

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