The strange North Atlantic depression is already a cyclone, it is advancing towards Spain and could become a hurricane called ‘Danielle’

The strange North Atlantic depression is already a cyclone, it is advancing towards Spain and could become a hurricane called 'Danielle'

The National Hurricane Center based in Miami, USA, confirmed that a strange cyclone, called Tropical Depression 5, has formed in the North Atlantic “close to Spain” it could become one of the hurricanes of the 2022 season. Currently, it is located 1,200 km west of the Azores Islands, as confirmed by Rubén del Campo, spokesman for the National Meteorological Agency. 20 minutes.

According to Del Campo, “it can become a hurricane by the weekendbut it is too early to tell. “For that to happen, the winds would have to exceed 120 km/h. Regarding the trajectory of this weather phenomenon, he said that it will move towards the east or the northeast, “but that does not say come to Spain”.

The cyclone is expected to have a greater impact on the Azores from this Tuesday, while the chances of strong winds in the northeastern part of the peninsula are less than 10%according to Del Campo. Moreover, he explains that the sea ​​areas coming to the peninsula in the middle of next week.

unusual season

Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. However, despite being in the middle of the season, activity has been exceptionally low. According to Del Campo, “Never since 1982 have so few cyclones been recorded“.

In addition, if it were to become a hurricane, we would be faced with a rather surprising fact, since it would be the first meteorological phenomenon of these characteristics of the season that would form very far from the “common areas”which are usually the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea, as Francisco Martín, an expert from Meteored, explained to 20 minutes.

At the same latitude as Spain

Another strange fact about this possible hurricane is its geographical location: it is at the same latitude as Spain. However, despite the observation “near” the country, does not currently represent any danger for the peninsula. In addition, it should be noted that the main affected area in case of approach it would be Galicia.

For his part, JJ González Alemán, AEMET meteorologist, expresses in a tweet that this phenomenon is remarkable for “the atmospheric anomaly that it entails”, not because it represents a risk for the country. Furthermore, he explains that the scenario he envisions as the most “disturbing” is the fact that this event undergoes “a powerful extratropical transition“, a phenomenon that, “may have an even greater impact”.

Francisco Martín also states that “from the meteorological point of view, the hurricanes that could affect Spain usually form in October and November“. It is therefore really strange that a possible depression formed between the end of August and the beginning of September could seriously affect the country.

Hurricanes bound for Europe

The Meteored expert points out that, contrary to what many people think, it is also common for depressions or hurricanes to form in the Azores region and that they are not heading towards the American continent, but rather towards the North Europewhere they usually arrive very weak and with little chance of causing significant damage.

Meteorologists say that so far there are many uncertainty about the evolution and the trajectory of this phenomenon. If it does eventually become a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said that her name would be Danielle.


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