Tropical Storm Alpha has now formed, for the first time ever!

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    (AP) Tropical Storm Alpha formed Saturday in the Caribbean, setting the record for the most named storms in an Atlantic hurricane season and marking the first time forecasters had to turn to the Greek alphabet for names.

    The previous record of 21 named storms had stood since 1933. Alpha was the 22nd to reach tropical storm strength this year, and the season doesn't end until Nov. 30.

    At 5 p.m. EDT, Alpha had sustained winds of about 40 mph — 1 mph over the threshold for a tropical storm.

    It was centered about 210 miles west-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and about 125 miles south-southeast of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and moving northwest at about 15 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

    A tropical storm warning was in place for Haiti and parts of the Dominican Republic, and a tropical storm watch was in effect for the Turks and Caicos islands and the southeastern Bahamas.
     
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  3. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    I am not having a celebration party!
     
  4. ariel7

    ariel7 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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    WOW!!!! I kinda figured that it would happen, but it is
    still hard to believe! Alpha!
    What a crazy year!

    love,

    Ariel
     
  5. Buzz Mills

    Buzz Mills New Member

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    How is this for a coincidence?? Tropical Storm Alpha and Hurricane Wilma are predicted, at this time, to possibly run parallel to each other up the East Coast, beginning on Monday.

    Tropical Storm Alpha Three Day Cone
    http://tinyurl.com/bfjvl

    Hurricane Wilma Three Day Cone
    http://tinyurl.com/9xtwr
     
  6. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    If they run into each other will they become Tropicane Wilpha?
     
  7. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    LOL!!
     
  8. Buzz Mills

    Buzz Mills New Member

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    Don't know, but Alpha being what it is, can swing either way. Could end up, Wilma & Alphena, one very happy couple.
     
  9. angelmom

    angelmom The love stays...forever in our hearts

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    Okay, I have a question. If Alpha were, God forbid, to become a storm that did severe damage - the kind where they won't reuse the name - and if, God forbid, we ever had another hurricane season like this one again, what name would they use for the 21st storm?

    Or do I just need to go ahead and email the weather channel so they will have something to talk about while we wait?
     
  10. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    Wow, what an excellent question!!!! I'll bet you they haven't thought that far in advance, since we've never gotten to Alpha before in 60 years. Same would apply to Beta, Gamma, etc. Good question, indeed!
     
  11. angelmom

    angelmom The love stays...forever in our hearts

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    :blushing: Thank you. According to my 9 year old son, I'm a professional worrier who can think of stuff no one has ever dreamed of. Please don't try this at home.
     
  12. Norma

    Norma Pook

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    What happened to Xavier, Yvonne, or Zeus?
     
  13. poco

    poco A cat will blink when struck with a hammer.

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    I think (yes, I do do that), if Alpha amounts to nothing and we end up with that many storms again next year, they will just call it Alpha again - until it becomes a major hurricance - once it becomes a major hurricane that does catastrophic damage, they "retire" the name. What happens after that I don't know, maybe just skip A and go to B.

    Why do they have to be so doggone precise with these names anyway - once it gets this far, just pick a name. Who cares!
     
  14. PrayersForMaura

    PrayersForMaura Help Find Maura Murray

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    W is the last letter they use to name hurricanes, then they go to the greek alphabet. I don't get it! I think with the way people come up with weird names for their children today, surely they can come up with names for hurricanes!!

    Like
    Zoe for example.

    Cute name :)
     
  15. Jovin

    Jovin New Member

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    Well, I'm certainly pleased to get THAT little bit of news! [​IMG]

    Buzz, you're such a bearer of good tidings sometimes.
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  16. Jovin

    Jovin New Member

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    [​IMG]

    Maybe it could be Hurrical Alma! [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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