The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season keeps chugging along, with fifteen named tropical systems so far, and the potential for number 16, Paloma. It’s not unusual to get named storms forming well into October, and occassionally November. Most that do form during the late-season, however, tend to impact the U.S. less often. This is because the northern jet stream typcially becomes more amplified, and these strong upper-level winds dip farther south. Therefore, tropical storm tracks are usually pushed either far to the south, or steered well out into the Atlantic. Of course, this is not a certainty…the weather never is.
Posted by Jim Duncan