Subtropical Storm Don forms in the Atlantic, heads for cooler waters

Subtropical Storm Don forms in the Atlantic, heads for cooler waters
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An area of low pressure east of Bermuda that hurricane forecasters have been tracking throughout the week has formed into Subtropical Storm Don, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is producing maximum sustained wind speeds of 50 mph as it heads slowly north-northwest of the central Atlantic Ocean at about 6 mph, forecasters said in a 4 a.m. update Friday.

Forecasters say Don is likely already at its peak intensity. Dry air and cooler waters are expected to limit further development, leading to the storm’s gradual weakening over the next few days as it moves east, then southeast. 

The storm is categorized as “subtropical” because it is embedded within an upper-level trough and has a relatively large radius of maximum wind, forecasters said. While tropical systems have the potential to quickly grow into hurricanes, subtropical storms do not. 

The National Hurricane Center started tracking the system early Monday.

The 2023 hurricane season

The return of El Niño could bring a wetter second half of the year to Louisiana and a reduced risk of hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Climate Prediction Center announced March 9 that La Niña, which usually causes more hurricanes to form in the Atlantic, was officially over after an unusually long three years.

El Niño and its sister La Niña are part of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycle, a set of conditions over the Pacific Ocean that affects weather patterns across the world. In Louisiana, the biggest effects involve hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.

Regardless, this year’s first cyclone hit in January, long before the official start of hurricane season, and June alone saw three named storms. Now forecasters are predicting that 2023 will prove to be an above-average hurricane season, with 18 named storms. 

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