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Pablo: Small, but historic hurricane based on its weird spot in the Atlantic

Monday, October 28th 2019, 12:15 pm - Pablo is now being remembered as the second northernmost hurricane to form in the Atlantic

Pablo, a small hurricane that formed in the far northeast Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, is now making headlines as it enters into record-setting territory.

The storm won't be remembered for its impact or intensity, but rather for its unusual location so far north in the Atlantic. Pablo briefly strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane at 11 a.m. on Sunday at a location of 42.8 degrees north latitude.

It's also just the second storm to reach hurricane intensity this far north since modern record-keeping began in 1950. The first was an unnamed storm in 1971, which formed 46 degrees north latitude, off the coast of Newfoundland.

OTHER INTERESTING POINTS OF PABLO

  • The storm formed over cooler waters of approximately 15-20°C. Tropical systems typically form over sea surface temperatures near 26°C, but that development factor was offset by a favourable atmospheric environment
  • Pablo developed as a tropical cyclone within an extratropical cyclone southeast of the Azores in the mid-Atlantic
  • Pablo strengthened into a hurricane Sunday, October 27, but only remained at that strength for less than 12 hours.

Pablo's history-making streak has ended, with the latest advisory from the U.S. National Hurricane Center declaring it a post-tropical storm with no threat to land on Monday.

Pablo Track

The Atlantic hurricane season ends on November 30.

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