2021-09-23 17:25:37 Tropical Storm Sam Forms in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Sam Forms in the Atlantic
On Thursday, Tropical Storm Sam formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the fourth named storm in less than a week and the 18th in a busy 2021 hurricane season.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm was more than 1,700 miles east of the eastern Caribbean and moving west at 16 miles per hour as of 11 a.m. Eastern time. According to the center, Sam was expected to intensify into a hurricane on Friday.
The arrival of peak hurricane season — August through November — has resulted in a run of named storms that formed in quick succession, bringing stormy weather, flooding, and damaging winds to parts of the United States and the Caribbean.
The tropical storm Odette was formed on Friday, followed by Peter and Rose a few days later. The three storms have since passed.
Ana became the season’s first named storm on May 23, marking the seventh year in a row that a named storm formed in the Atlantic before the season officially began on June 1.
In May, NOAA scientists predicted that there would be 13 to 20 named storms this year, with six to ten of them being hurricanes, including three to five major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher in the Atlantic.
In early August, NOAA revised its forecast, predicting 15 to 21 named storms, including seven to ten hurricanes, by the season’s end on Nov. 30. This year, Sam is the 18th named storm to form.
Last year, there were 30 named storms, including six major hurricanes, forcing meteorologists to use Greek letters for the second time after exhausting the alphabet.
It was the most named storms on record, surpassing the previous high of 28 in 2005, and the second-highest number of hurricanes.