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Tropical Storm Melissa Reviewed

November 22, 2013

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris


The fourteenth Atlantic storm, Tropical Storm Melissa, lashed around waters several hundred miles west of the Azores.

Subtropical Storm Melissa formed over the Central Atlantic on the morning of November 18. With an initial short window of opportunity for intensification, Melissa strengthened and headed to the northwest with maximum sustained winds reaching 65 mph. By 10 a.m. EST on November 20, Melissa had become Tropical Storm Melissa and was situated only a few hundred miles from the Azores, threatening the archipelago with gale-force winds, defined as sustained surface winds between 39 and 54 mph.

On November 21, at 10 p.m. EST, Melissa encountered the affliction of cold ocean waters, weakening rapidly to a post-tropical storm as it moved eastward. By late evening on November 21, Post-Tropical Storm Melissa lost all tropical characteristics and dissipated, only 9 days before the official end of the Atlantic hurricane season. On average, November 23 marks the date at which the eleventh named storm forms in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the 2013 hurricane season has been relatively inactive in terms of strong storms, the number of named storms that have formed in the Atlantic has been above-average.

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