The average peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is this week, and right on cue, two more tropical systems have developed.
Tropical Storm Paulette
Tropical Depression Seventeen developed in the open Atlantic late Sunday, about halfway between the Lesser Antilles and Cabo Verde Islands. It became a tropical storm Monday morning and is moving slowly toward the northwest.
That track and pace will continue this week. By the weekend, it’ll still be in open water northeast of the Lesser Antilles, likely as a tropical storm.
Tropical Storm Rene
Farther east, Tropical Depression Eighteen intensified into Tropical Storm Rene late Monday afternoon. Rene is located off the coast of West Africa near the Cabo Verde Island.
The storm is heading west and will bring tropical storm conditions to those islands later Monday as it grows more organized.
Rene is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the next several days. It’s forecast to continue moving to the west across open ocean, gradually turning toward the northwest late this week.
Picking Up Again
The average peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is around September 10. This time of year, tropical systems can develop just about anywhere, although it’s common for them to form where these two are. September also has a history of memorable hurricanes.
Before Monday, the earliest P-storm on record was Philippe, which was named on September 17, 2005. The earliest R-storm was Rita on September 18, 2005.
This year continues to outpace the record-setting 2005 season.