There has been a bit of a lull in the tropics lately, but everything has changed this weekend with the formation of Edouard.
The system, which became a post-tropical cyclone on Monday afternoon, is now the first fifth-name storm ever recorded to develop in the Atlantic. The previous record for the fifth fastest storm of the season belonged to Emily, who became official on July 12, 2005.
According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Edouard is going northeast at nearly 61 km / h, which should continue in the coming days. Maximum sustained winds are close to 75 km / h with stronger gusts.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 km, mainly southeast of the center. There are no coastal warnings or watches in effect.
Forecasters forecast an above-average hurricane season in 2020, with around 13 to 19 named storms, including 6 to 10 hurricanes.
The season certainly started early, with three tropical storms forming even before the official start date of June 1. The last named storm, Dolly, initially appeared to have limited impact in Canada, but ultimately did not.
IMPACTS OF THE SAHARAN AIR LAYER
While the tropics will remain somewhat calm as we head for the rest of July and until August, thanks to the impacts of the Saharan air layer (SAL), activity will resume at the end of summer.