‘Danielle’, the cyclone that threatens to reach Spain as a hurricane, gains strength

The tropical storm’Danielle‘, the cyclone formed at a unusual latitude in the Atlantic Ocean and that threatens to become a hurricane heading towards the Iberian Peninsulahas strengthened as its maximum winds rise to 60mph. It is expected to become hurricane before next week, although at the moment it does not present a risk for populated areas, reported the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

‘Danielle’ is the name with which she was baptized on Thursday fourth tropical storm from an unusually quiet hurricane season to date. The cyclone is now about 950 miles (1,530 kilometers) west of the Azores and moving east very slowly.

The meteorologists of NHCbased in Miami (Florida), predicted in their most recent bulletin that the tropical storm will strengthen in the coming days, but that at the moment it poses no threat to land.

However, other meteorologists point to the possibility that ‘Danielle’ is heading towards the Iberian Peninsula. This is the case of Meteocatwho in a tweet has recalled that one of the possible paths of the storm affects the coast of Galicia.

Juan Jesus Gonzalez Alemanthe meteorologist linked to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Aemet) that uncovered the anomalous phenomenon at those latitudes of the Atlantic, also has highlighted the strength that the storm is acquiring: “The intensity of the convective activity/storms associated with the anomalous tropical storm ‘Danielle’ is very impressive. It has more of an appearance of a typical tropical cyclone developed in tropical latitudes. But no, it is close to 40ºN! This is what is extraordinary” González Alemán explains in a Twitter thread.

Rare storm-free August

Danielle, a category five depression, became a tropical storm after a rare storm-free august and hurricanes, which It hasn’t happened for 25 years. In the first three months of the six of the season (June, July and August) tropical storms have formed ‘Alex’, ‘Bonnie’, ‘Colin’ and ‘Danielle’.

The private weather forecasting company AccuWeather noted that since 1960 there have only been three such August months without cyclone activity. The previous ones were in 1961 and 1997.

the ones that come

The NHC is also monitoring two areas of low pressure in the Atlantic. One is located east of the Lesser Antilles, in the Caribbean, and has a 70% chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next five days.

This system is moving slowly west-northwestward toward adjacent waters north of the Leeward Islands, between the US and British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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On the other hand, a tropical wave accompanied by a large area of ​​low pressure, located just off the west coast of Africa, can develop into a short-lived tropical or subtropical depression.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts above-average activity for this hurricane season.


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