Victor, the 20th named tempest of the engaged 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, was southbound of the Cabo Verde Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.
Sept. 29, 2021, 5:05 p.m. ET
Tropical Storm Victor formed connected Wednesday successful the eastbound Atlantic, becoming the 20th named tempest of the engaged 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
In an update connected Wednesday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said Victor was astir 540 miles southbound of the Cabo Verde Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.
The tempest was moving west-northwest astatine astir 13 m.p.h., and was expected to proceed moving successful that absorption implicit the adjacent mates of days, the halfway said.
There were nary watches oregon warnings successful effect, and the tempest was not expected to impact onshore implicit the adjacent fewer days, according to the center.
After Victor, determination is lone 1 name, Wanda, near connected this year’s superior database of 21 tempest names. If much storms form, the National Weather Service volition determination connected to a database of supplemental names, lone the 3rd clip successful past that it has had to bash that. The archetypal was successful 2005.
Last year’s grounds play saw 30 named storms, including six large hurricanes, forcing meteorologists to determination to usage Greek letters to place the last 9 storms.
But successful March, citing disorder among the wide public, the World Meteorological Organization said it would nary longer usage the Greek alphabet to statement storms and would alternatively trust connected a supplemental database of 21 names, opening with Adria, Braylen and Caridad, and ending with Viviana and Will.
“Zeta, Eta, Theta — if you deliberation astir adjacent maine saying those — to person those storms astatine the aforesaid clip was tough,” Kenneth Graham, the manager of the National Hurricane Center, said earlier this year. “People were mixing the storms up.”
Like the main database of tempest names, the supplemental database does not see names that statesman with the letters Q, U, X, Y oregon Z, which officials said are not communal capable oregon easy understood crossed English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, the languages often spoken passim North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The 2021 Hurricane Season So Far
The 2021 Hurricane Season So Far
It’s been a engaged hurricane play successful the Atlantic Ocean this year, and there’s inactive a fewer much months to spell until it ends connected Nov. 30.
Here’s astatine look astatine the play truthful acold →
It has been a dizzying mates of months for meteorologists arsenic the accomplishment of highest hurricane play — August done November — led to a tally of named storms that formed successful speedy succession, bringing stormy weather, flooding and damaging winds to parts of the United States and the Caribbean.
The enactment of Tropical Storm Victor came arsenic Hurricane Sam, which formed past week, continued its dilatory march crossed the Atlantic.
The links betwixt hurricanes and clime alteration are becoming much apparent. A warming satellite tin expect stronger hurricanes implicit time, and a higher incidence of the astir almighty storms — though the wide fig of storms could drop, due to the fact that factors similar stronger upwind shear could support weaker storms from forming.
Hurricanes are besides becoming wetter due to the fact that of much h2o vapor successful the warmer atmosphere; scientists person suggested storms similar Hurricane Harvey successful 2017 produced acold much rainfall than they would person without the quality effects connected climate. Also, rising oversea levels are contributing to higher tempest surge — the astir destructive constituent of tropical cyclones.
Ana became the archetypal named tempest of the play connected May 23, making this the seventh twelvemonth successful a enactment that a named tempest developed successful the Atlantic earlier the authoritative commencement of the play connected June 1.
In May, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast that determination would beryllium 13 to 20 named storms this year, six to 10 of which would beryllium hurricanes, including 3 to 5 large hurricanes of Category 3 oregon higher successful the Atlantic.
NOAA updated its forecast successful aboriginal August, predicting 15 to 21 named storms, including 7 to 10 hurricanes, by the extremity of the play connected Nov. 30. Victor is the 20th named tempest to signifier this year.
Jesus Jiménez contributed reporting.