2020 has been a prolific year for heat, fires and hurricanes.
Last month was the hottest September on record, dangerous western wildfires have been burning since late July, and the Atlantic has had so many storms that the National Hurricane Center ran out of English alphabet letters and began naming storms using the Greek alphabet.
On Friday, 23 October 2020, Yale Climate Connections reported that a weather disturbance in the Caribbean is likely to become the sixth Greek alphabet storm, Zeta. That’s number 32. In the report they included an intriguing GOES EAST satellite image, above, with this explanation.
Smoke from Colorado’s second largest fire on record, the 170,000-acre East Troublesome Fire, was carried by the jet stream to the northeast of Hurricane Epsilon (upper right of image).— Yale Climate Connections: Disturbance in the western Caribbean likely to become Tropical Storm Zeta
As this moment Colorado’s East Troublesome Wildfire is burning through Rocky Mountain National Park and threatening Estes Park (click here for video). I’m not surprised the smoke showed up near a hurricane.
See more reports at Yale Climate Connections:
- Likely to become Tropical Storm Zeta
- Close-up personal encounter with a nearby record-setting Colorado wildfire
- What it’s like to own a small business on the front line of sea level rise