DISCUSSION: As some people across the meteorological community were starting to think that the hectic chaos of the 2017 Tropical Atlantic hurricane season was quite possibly finally coming to an end, the atmosphere had other thoughts. Over the past couple of days, a weak low-pressure system spinning over the open waters of the Central Atlantic Ocean (i.e., previously to the southeast and now to the east of Bermuda) gradually developing more and more deep convection near the center of the low-pressure system's core circulation. As a result of this increasing convection an a modest increase in the maximum sustained winds from 25 to 35 knots (despite the deepest convection being positioned to the west of the center of circulation), this Tropical Depression Nineteen was upgraded to Tropical Storm Rina.
However, for those along the East Coast of the United States, Bermuda, or the Azores islands, the good news is that this tropical storm will most definitely NOT have any impact to land in the near future in any way whatsoever. Having said that, there will be some need to monitor Rina as the system begins to undergo the process of extra-tropical transition within the next few days. The reason for this need to monitor Rina moving forward is due to the fact that this system may eventually be a concern for parts of far northwestern Europe depending on the exact future track of Rina over the course of the next 5 to 7 days or so. Nonetheless, this is certainly quite a relief for the Gulf Coast and the Southeastern United States which has already experienced way more than its fair share of tropical cyclone impacts during the course of this past Summer and Fall of 2017.
If you wish to read more in regards to the latest forecast update package for Tropical Storm Rina, feel free to check out the official social media update from the National Hurricane Center which is conveniently attached above!
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