BWS: Tropical Depression 31 Is ‘Not A Threat’

November 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The record setting 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues, with Tropical Depression 31 forming in the Atlantic.

The system is “not a threat to Bermuda,” the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hours having passed.

It is forecast to become a hurricane, and if it does it will be named Iota, and would be the 30th storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which is two more storms than the previous record for a season set in 2005.

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

BWS Tropical Depression Thirty One Nov 13 2020

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 1000 AM EST [1500 UTC], the center of Tropical Depression Thirty-One was located near latitude 14.2 North, longitude 74.3 West. The depression is moving toward the west-southwest near 7 mph [11 km/h] and this motion is expected to continue through early Saturday.

“A westward to west-northwestward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected to begin by late Saturday and continue through early Monday. On the forecast track, the system will move across the central Caribbean Sea during the next day or so, and approach the coasts of Nicaragua and northeastern Honduras late Sunday and Monday.

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

NHC Tropical Depression Thirty One Nov 13 2020

“Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph [55 km/h] with higher gusts. The depression is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm later today or tonight. Additional strengthening is likely over the weekend, and the system could be near major hurricane strength when it approaches Central America.”

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