Where's the missing tropical storm?
FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:
Don Dobrow, in Baltimore, wonders why Tropical Storm Maria was described as being the 14th storm of the season: “M is the 13th letter of the alphabet.”
It is. But what the National Hurricane Center is counting are “tropical depressions” — areas of heavy rain, with winds below 39 mph. Until they organize enough to push top winds to 39 mph, they aren’t officially “tropical storms,” and don’t get a name.
Tropical Depression 10 last month (map, left)never topped 35 mph before expiring on Aug. 27.
(IMAGE: National Hurricane Center)