09 December 2003

TS Peter forms in the central Atlantic...

Tropical Storm Peter, the 16th named storm of the season, has formed
from a subtropical Low WNW of the Cape Verde Islands at 15Z today.  Not
only was it VERY rare to have TS Odette form on Dec 4, but then to have
TS Peter form on Dec 9 is perhaps unprecedented (more to follow once I
get some stats, hopefully).

At 17Z, TS Peter was located at 20.3N 37.1W (800 miles WNW of the Cape
Verde Islands) and tracking NNE at 10kts.  Intensity is estimated to be
60kts and 990mb and already has an eye-like feature, so could be
upgraded to the 8th hurricane of 2003 later today.

The storm is expected to track northeast and be absorbed by a trough,
turning extratropical by Thursday.  So.... this will change the season
stats once again and once it's over I'll send out ANOTHER revised season
summary!  Sorry for the multiple summaries, but I don't think anyone
would have foreseen our season lasting into the middle of December!

Please visit my tropical Atlantic headquarters.

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