A couple of late-season tropical disturbances are unlikely to pose much of a threat to the United States, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters say a cluster of showers and thunderstorms is getting smaller although it could acquire some subtropical conditions before it comes up against a cold front. As of 7 a.m. Friday morning, the system was located several hundred miles southeast of Bermuda and moving toward the northeast. Forecasters give it a 40% chance of developing over the next 48 hours.
By early next week, conditions for further development will become unfavorable as the system interacts with or becomes absorbed by a frontal system, according to the center’s latest tropical weather discussion.
Another area of low pressure is expected to form over the far eastern Atlantic this weekend. It has a 20% chance of developing in the next five days as it moves slowly south through early next week, the hurricane center said.
Hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30, but post-season storms have been known to form in December. Should another storm form, it would be named Kappa.
The 2020 hurricane season became the busiest in recorded history when Tropical Storm Theta formed on Nov. 9. Only 2005 has had more hurricanes on record, at 15, Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said.