The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ended with November, but there are signs that Mother Nature wants to defy human boundaries.
November 30 marks the end to hurricane season as designated by meteorologists, but tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes can anytime of the year--clearly evident with this season's early start and potentially late finish.
The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center is closely monitoring an area of low pressure in the central Atlantic, located about 1,050 miles southwest of the Azores.
The low has a small window to strengthen into a tropical or subtropical depression before the weekend comes to a close and it merges with a non-tropical system.
The title "subtropical" would mean that the low is not fully tropical, but instead exhibits characteristics of both a tropical and non-tropical system.
However, obstacles lie in the low's path that it must overcome before it can even acquire the distinction of a depression.
The low is spinning over water that is typically too cool to support tropical development and is battling some wind shear (disruptive winds above the surface that can rip apart tropical systems).
While these obstacles put the odds of tropical development against the low, tropical systems have defied those odds before and the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center cannot rule out the low doing the same.
This satellite image, courtesy of NOAA, of the low in the central Atlantic that is being monitored for tropical development was taken Sunday afternoon.
If strengthening occurs, the low would be classified as Tropical or Subtropical Depression 20--continuing with the list from the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The next name for a tropical or subtropical storm in the Atlantic this year is "Valerie."
The low will continue to track to the north, then northeast through this weekend, regardless of development, with only shipping interests in its path.
Once the low is absorbed by a non-tropical system, its cold front is expected to spread a band of rain through the Azores around Tuesday.
A powerful storm will bring disruptive weather from Spain to France and Italy for Christmas Day.
As California heads into its third consecutive dry winter with no relief in sight, firefighters continue to battle a late-fall blaze in Big Sur.
After several days of unseasonable warmth, bitter cold and rounds of snow will continue to spread across the Western and Central states into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
An abrupt and abnormal cold wave gripped parts of southeastern Texas in early December, catching many off-guard, including two native Southern California bobcats recently transferred to the area.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
A cold outbreak sent the temperature plummeting to 3 degrees below zero at Nantucket, MA and to 11 degrees below zero at Boston, MA
International Falls, MN (1989)
Low of -34 + high of -21. Wind chill between 60 + 70 below.
Central Illinois (1836)
Famous "Sudden Change" in central Illinois. Cold front at noon caused quick drop from 40 degrees to zero.