DISCUSSION: As of earlier this evening, Hurricane Ophelia continues to impress the meteorological world as the storm has now reached the status of being a major hurricane as of earlier this evening. This is without a doubt one of the more impressive hurricanes in the eastern Atlantic Ocean in recent memory. The primary reason for this particular tropical cyclone being so impressive is the fact that Ophelia is positioned at a particular high latitude and relatively eastern longitude with respect to the expanse of the entire tropical Atlantic Ocean basin. Hence, tropical cyclones do not often form and/or exist at this particular part of the Atlantic Ocean basin at any time during the course of a tropical cyclone season. That fact is also reflected by the upper-most graphic attached above which visually illustrates the actual rarity of a tropical storm (let alone a major hurricane) developing within that part of the eastern Atlantic Ocean (courtesy of Meteorologist Sam Lillo). Thus, as this continues to take aim at Ireland as well as the central/northern British Isles, people in these and other adjacent countries should remain vigilant as this hurricane continues to move further north with time.
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