The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida now believes there’s a high chance that a disturbance evolving near Bermuda will become the next subtropical or tropical cyclone of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
In this evening’s Tropical Outlook update, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) details the disturbance being monitored. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a non-tropical low pressure system located about 500 miles east-southeast of Bermuda have shown little change in organization since earlier today. However, the NHC says gradual development is expected, and a subtropical depression or storm is very likely to form during the next day or two while the low meanders well to the southeast of Bermuda. While there’s an 80% chance of cyclone formation over the next 48 hours, those odds increase to 90% over the next five days.
Should this tropical cyclone develop into a tropical or subtropical storm, it would be named Epsilon.
With the traditional list of names exhausted, the National Hurricane Center is using Greek letters to name tropical storms and hurricanes. The next system to earn a name this season will be called Epsilon. After Epsilon would be Zeta followed by Eta. The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the busiest on record; it produced a Tropical Storm Zeta in December. But a Greek letter beyond Zeta has never been used before; it remains to be seen if Eta or others will be used for the first time in 2020.