MIAMI -- Tropical Storm
Zeta continued to meander around the mid-Atlantic as she has since
forming on Dec. 30 as the 27th named storm in a record-breaking
season that officially ended Nov. 30.
An advisory from the
National Hurricane Center on Jan. 5 summed up just how its
storm-weary forecasters felt about Zeta: Tropical storm Zeta shows
signs of weakening. Its about time.
At no time has Zeta posed
a threat to any landmass, and her location on Jan. 5 -- more than
1,265 miles east of the Caribbeans Leeward Islands -- was pretty
much where it had been for a week.
Adios, Zeta. We need a
little time to prepare for the 2006 season, which officially runs
June 1 through Nov. 30, although any storms generated prior to June
1 count towards the 2006 season total.
In their first
prediction back in December, hurricane experts William Gray and
Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University predicted that this
year's Atlantic hurricane season could see 17 named storms, nine of
them hurricanes and five of those are expected to be
The experts also predicted that the
probability of a Category 3 or higher storm making landfall in the
Caribbean "is above average. The chance of a strong hurricane
hitting the U.S. coastline is expected to be 81%, up from an
average of 52% for the past century."
We can only wait and see.
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