Tropical Storm Ida formed a few days ago in the southern Caribbean Sea. The tropical season goes until November 30 so it is not unusual to have a storm in November. However, there is something a bit unusual about this year. Ida is the latest named storm in the Atlantic Basin during an El Nino year since 1925.. El Nino is a periodic warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean and occurs about once every four to five years. The wind shear that El Nino creates tends to shut down the tropical season early. For the most part that was true this year. We've seen very little tropical activity since the middle of September. Ida may not be finished with us yet. Although she weakened into a depression yesterday, Ida may still become a tropical storm as she heads northward over the open water of the Caribbean Sea this weekend. It is unlikely she would have much impact on eastern North Carolina's weather. It is possible we could see a few showers by the middle of next week but even that is uncertain.