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Hurricane Danielle: peculiarities of the strange cyclone formed in the North Atlantic

“It has been reinforced quickly and will continue to do so in the coming hours,” warns Aemet

Almudena Nogues

She already has her own name: Danielle. And despite the fact that she has just been ‘born’ she has already grabbed thousands of headlines. Meteorology experts keep the focus on this tropical storm formed at an unusual latitude in the Atlantic Ocean and that threatens to become a hurricane. It is an unusual tropical cyclone west of the Azores, called tropical depression 5 in the North Atlantic, whose progress worries many countries although at the moment it does not present a risk for populated areas, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). Its peculiarity? That it is being generated far to the north, much more than usual when compared to other tropical systems. Specifically, at 40º north latitude,

“Tropical Storm Danielle has rapidly strengthened and will continue to do so in the coming hours, encountering favorable weather conditions and very warm waters, despite having formed much further north than usual. It will be the first hurricane of this season », they explain from the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet)

Can it affect Spain?

The question that worries many is if there is any possibility that Danielle affects our country. For now, Aemet has released a reassuring message: «During the next five days she will remain west or northeast of the Azores. Later, weakened, she may be closer to Europe, but the chances of her affecting Spain are very low, less than 10%. She could, yes, cause bad state of the sea in our environment », she clarifies.

However, tropical cyclones are complex systems with their own dynamics subject to great uncertainty due to their possible interactions with other dynamic structures of the atmosphere.

What makes Tropical Storm Danielle, a probable hurricane, exceptional is that it has formed in an unusual area, at 40º north latitude, in the Atlantic Ocean. Many hurricanes and tropical storms have passed through this area to reintegrate into the general circulation, and have even reached the peninsula as post-tropical storms, but the strange thing that has caught the attention of meteorologists is the specific area of ​​origin.

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