Ida Is An Unusual Storm

By: WITN Weather
By: WITN Weather

Tropical Depression Ida is an unusual storm during an El Nino year.

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. 

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  • by william Location: goldsboro on Nov 14, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    glad ida is gone, normally storms are in and out, but she hung around for a while and left moderate damage, glad it wont winter where instead of 4 in of rain, we could have had 4 feet snow, good by ida
  • by John Location: Engelhard,N.C. on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:11 PM
    We had all summer for a storm to come along and mess up everything,this one had to come late in the year. A little bit later and it might have been a snowstorm beyond recognition!

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