Here we are... approaching the final leg of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and we find ourselves in a place we have only been once. An exhausted hurricane list, that his shifted to the Greek Alphabet....down to Epsilon. The only other time we have been here was 2005, in which the last storm of the season was Zeta. If we have two more named systems this season, it will officially be the most active season in the Atlantic Basin on record.
Tropical Storm Epsilon developed this afternoon-- and it currently has winds sustained at 45mph. There are some things that are working in our favor here. First, the system is forecast to remain out at sea, but will likely bring impacts to Bermuda. While some strengthening is expected, there is dry air intrusion occurring on the southern side. Dry air filtering into a tropical system typically slows down the strengthening process. Other variables, like sea surface temperatures, and wind shear are a little bit more favorable for development...leading to the forecast calling for Epsilon to become a hurricane before the weekend.