Eta Readies for Second Florida Strike

November 11, 2020

Orlando Sentinel:

Eta has once again become a hurricane offshore as it skims by Florida’s Gulf coast Wednesday morning, according to a special update by the National Hurricane Center. The storm is forecast to lose strength before making landfall on the Florida peninsula sometime Thursday afternoon.

The latest track has Eta shifting further east and cutting through the upper Central Florida area, according to the NHC’s previous 8 a.m. update. Eta was 130 miles southwest of Fort Myers and 170 miles south-southwest of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Eta sped up Wednesday morning north-northeast at 15 mph after being stationary earlier Tuesday. It’s tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.


The annual record for the number of major storms forming in the Atlantic has been shattered, with Subtropical Storm Theta becoming the 29th named event in a hyperactive hurricane season.

The US National Hurricane Center said the development of Theta, currently churning through the heart of the Atlantic, had broken a record that stood since 2005, when there were 28 named storms. 

Yet another named storm could be in the works, with meteorologists tracking one through the Caribbean.

There have been so many big storms in 2020 that meteorologists exhausted their English-language list of names and had to turn to the Greek alphabet, rapidly burning through Alpha to Eta. In September, there were five storms lined up in the Atlantic at once.

“I think everyone feels surprised by the number of storms we’ve seen,” said Jill Trepanier, an extreme weather expert at Louisiana State University. “The sheer number has surpassed my expectations.”

Storms are named once they hit a wind speed of 39mph, with 12 of 2020’s named storms accelerating further to become hurricanes. A record 12 named storms and six hurricanes have crunched into the US so far this year, with some communities repeatedly besieged by strong winds and flooding.

South Florida Sun Sentinel:

Tropical Storm Eta’s record-breaking deluge may be part of a pattern of more intense rains and higher tides that have turned late fall in South Florida into a season of super floods.

A new study from climate researchers at the University of Miami adds to the evidence that humans —and their greenhouse gas emissions — are largely to blame.

The study looked at the relationship between sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and rainfall in South Florida. It argues that greenhouse gas emissions from humans are the likely source of the hotter sea water and the more intense rains.

“The water is warmer, and so the air above it is warmer. Warm air can hold more water. So that means there is more water available to rain when a storm comes through,” said Jeremy Klavans, one of the study’s co-authors and a doctoral candidate at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

One Response to “Eta Readies for Second Florida Strike”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Check out the Accumulated Cyclone Energy for 2020 so far (chart past table):

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