Tropical Storm Philippe may form by weekend
The 2017 hurricane season may have slowed down in the last week and a half, but a brewing system in the Western Caribbean proves the season isn’t quite over yet.
Invest 93L is a broad area of low pressure currently producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms in Nicaragua and Honduras.
The system is currently too close to land to continue to grow and develop. Closer to the end of the week, however, the storm is expected to move away from Central America and into warmer waters more conducive to hurricane development.
If this system is able to eventually organize and grow, it would become Tropical Storm Philippe, the 16th named storm of the season.
This year has already been an exceptional hurricane season, and a 16th named tropical storm would make it the busiest since 2012.
This season also included the first major hurricane to make a United States landfall since 2005, the highest rainfall in the United States produced by a tropical system, and the first time ten hurricanes formed in a row since 1893.
Hurricane season officially ends November 30.