Subtropical storm Ernesto becomes better organized over the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Lane satellite imagery. PC NOAA  NHC

Tropical Storm Lane satellite imagery. PC NOAA NHC

A subtropical storm is a hybrid cyclone.

Subtropical Storm Ernesto has formed far out over the Atlantic. At least thats what Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach is banking on.His team released its last hurricane forecast of the 2018 season on Thursday, and Klotzbach. Like a tropical storm is has a closed low at the surface but like non-tropical systems it has a low aloft as well.

The storm continues to move just south of due west at about 12 kt.

It is too early to say how the storm may effect Hawaii, if at all.

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The thunderstorms associated with subtropical systems and the strongest winds are found farther away from the center of storm. It is also forecast to cross into the Central Pacific on Saturday as a major hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center started giving names to these types of storms in 2002. Before then they were simply given numbers for identification.

You can stay on top of the latest tropical information with the WLOX Weather App anywhere and anytime. "A combination of stronger wind shear, drier air and increased stability of the atmosphere in the region where storms typically develop will further suppress hurricanes", NOAA said in its announcement. A return to easterly winds will bring an end to the numerous morning storms that we saw this week.

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