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28th Tropical Storm of 2005 Identified. Year Breaks Own Record for Most Storms In a Season

Hurricane 2005 shattered almost all previous hurricane records in the Atlantic and keeping to form, we have a new addition to that list. We have known for months now that 2005 was the most active hurricane season on record. However, the National Hurricane Center made a surprising announcement today. They added a new storm to the 2005 list.

After reviewing archived satellite data, the National Hurricane Center added a 28th storm to the record season. The hurricane season officially ended November 30, but storms were recorded into January. This storm in question actually reached sufficient strength that it should have been named on October 4. It peaked with sustained winds above 52 mph. Had this storm been correctly identified at the time, it would have been named Tammy. Like many of the storms last season, this system was located far outside the normal tropically active realm and was therefore overlooked.

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The addition of the 28th storm further smashes the old seasonal record of 21 named storms, a record 15 of which were hurricanes. This implications of this are far reaching in terms of the impact on tropical nomenclature. Firstly, the last storm of the season should have been named Eta, not Zeta. Additionally, Hurricane Wilma which struck Cozumel, Mexico and then Southern Florida after becoming the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic should have been named Alpha! Yes, the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic should have been named with a Greek letter, and that irreplaceable Greek letter should then have been retired. Some people may be happy such a media circus was avoided. However, one can't help but wonder if this will be a clear signal to the World Meteorological Organization that perhaps it is time to reconsider the Atlantic tropical cyclone naming system.

For more information, read the NHC release.

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