It would be the second tropical storm of the 2021 season, just 14 days before the Atlantic hurricane season officially began.
The second tropical depression of the season has just formed, and this - according to experts - will become Tropical Storm Bill in the next few hours.
The depression formed off the coast of North Carolina this morning. If, as expected, in a matter of hours, Bill forms, it would be the second tropical storm of this hurricane season that, according to experts, will be more active than normal.
Subtropical storm Ana formed last month off the coast of Bermuda, making 2021 the seventh year in a row that a storm strong enough to bear a name has formed even before hurricane season officially begins. In the Atlantic (which runs from June 1 to November 30 of each year).
The system, about to become Storm Bill, was announced at 10 a.m. EDT by the National Hurricane Center. So far, it bears only the name of Tropical Storm 2.
The winds are moving from the east coast of the United States to the northeast, away from land, at a speed of almost 34 kilometers per hour in sustained winds, with peaks of more than 35 kilometers per hour. The closest point on land is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 170 kilometers away.
Forecasts indicate that it will become a tropical storm in the evening, increasing its intensity during the early morning to reach its peak in the morning. Since then, when entering colder waters, the system would dissipate and disappear on Wednesday morning. It is not expected that its route will put any locality at risk, although there are warnings for sailors.
But this is not the only system in the making in the Atlantic. To the west of the coasts of Africa, meteorologists are paying attention to a formation classified as a tropical wave that is generating heavy rains and thunderstorms. According to forecasts, this system will likely organize itself in the next few days and into another tropical storm.
In the Gulf of Mexico, there is a disturbance generating electrical storms over the Bay of Campeche. The National Hurricane Center indicates that in the next 48 hours, there is a 20% probability that it will become a tropical storm. The odds are 60% in the next five days.
It was to be expected that there would be news about different formations in the Atlantic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast expects between 13 and 19 named storms by the end of November. Eight could become hurricanes, and 5 of them could be Category Hurricanes. Three or more.
If the forecast comes true, we would be facing a more active season than normal, in part due to the lack of El Niño during the peak of the hurricane season. El Niño is a warm oceanic and atmospheric current in the Pacific Ocean that can influence temperatures and winds in the Atlantic. El Niño generally increases westerly winds in upper levels across the Caribbean to the Atlantic, tearing apart hurricanes before settling.
However, no one believes that 2021 will be as active as 2020, breaking all records with 12 named storms in the United States alone.