As we have been reporting for the past few months, it has been a busy Atlantic tropical season. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) named three more tropical systems today: Tropical Storm Wilfred in the eastern Atlantic, Subtropical Storm Alpha off the coast of Portugal near Europe, and Tropical Storm Beta in the Gulf of Mexico.
Each year, NHC puts out a list of 21 names for the tropical season. Letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used, because of the less common names beginning with that letter. Click here to learn how the NHC comes up with the names.
Since NHC ran out of names on their 2020 list, they are now using the Greek alphabet to name the storms. The only time this has happened in history was back in 2005, when we got to "Zeta". Any destructive hurricanes with a Greek name will not be retired per se, the Greek name will still be used in the future, but the storm will be noted as retired with its name and year.
Subtropical Storm Alpha has formed near Portugal and will not impact US interests.
Tropical Storm Beta developed in the Gulf of Mexico today (Friday). This storm is forecast to become a hurricane as it slowly tracks north, and northwest toward Texas. It will dumb a lot of rain on the Texas/Louisiana coastlines over the next week.
Beyond Monday, the storm could move back east into the Gulf.
With all that said, there is still about a month and a half left in the hurricane season.