Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Meet Nadine: Loiterer of the Weather World

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Meet Nadine: Loiterer of the Weather World

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Nadine seemed destined to be forgotten as just another tropical storm that fizzled out at sea. Now, still churning loop-de-loops in the Atlantic Ocean, Nadine is making history as one of the longest- lasting tropical storms ever.

At about the same latitude as North Carolina, Nadine has been been a named storm for 20 days. If it lasts another week, Tropical Storm Nadine will break the record for longevity.

But even if it dies out, Nadine is already one for the record books. Only seven tropical systems have remained at tropical- depression strength or greater for longer than Nadine, according to National Hurricane Center records.

The storm that beats them all was the San Ciriaco Hurricane of 1899 -- a record set before aircraft and satellites provided fine details of a storm's lifespan.

While the people in the Azores -- a Portuguese island chain 970 miles west of Lisbon -- are tiring of Nadine's persistence nearby, forecasters are marveling. The storm was making its third pass at the island on Tuesday, prompting the Portuguese government to issue a tropical storm watch.

"You usually don't see a tropical storm stick around at 35 degrees northern latitude for very long," said Mark Paquette, a meteorologist with Accuweather.com.

Nadine formed on Sept. 11 in the north-central Atlantic, the last system spawned so far this year.

Since 1960, when satellites began capturing imagery of tropical systems, only four storms have outlived Nadine.

But Nadine, still producing 65 mph sustained winds on Tuesday, isn't finished yet. It was forecast to remain at tropical storm strength through Thursday.

If it does, Nadine will beat Inez of 1966, which lasted 20.25 days, and tie Kyle of 2002, which lasted 22 days.

Tropical Storm Ginger of 1971 lasted 27 days; the 1899 storm lasted 27.75. It is unlikely that Nadine will survive that long. A frontal system is forecast to push Nadine out of its bizarre loop later this week. …

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