The Atlantic Basin has squeaked in one more tropical system before the official end of the hurricane season on Nov. 30.
Subtropical Storm Melissa formed during the midday hours Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The reason for the subtropical classification is the storm has both tropical and non-tropical characteristics.
During the midday hours Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, the system had become completely tropical.
The system, located about halfway between Africa and the United States will slowly spin over the open waters of the Atlantic over the next several days and will cause rough seas for shipping interests.
Melissa will not pose any direct threat to land in the western Atlantic as it drifts northward this week. However, it will produce rough surf around Bermuda and the northeastward facing beaches of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Islands of the Caribbean this week.
Melissa is located in an area of somewhat reduced disruptive winds, which will be favorable for additional strengthening in the short term.
Late-season tropical systems are not uncommon in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin. The most recent tropical storm to develop in the basin during the month of November was Tropical Storm Sean in 2011.
The year before that, the Atlantic had Hurricane Tomas, the most recent hurricane in the basin during the month of November.
Tropical systems have been known to develop in the Atlantic as late as December, such as Hurricane Alice, which first became a tropical storm on Dec. 30, 1954.
For the latest on the tropics, be sure to check out the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center
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