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Originally posted by TheHorseChestnut
It is definitely an unusual year, but not part of any doomsday trend, just normal meteorlogical cycles.
Tropical Storm Zeta kept its strength Thursday in the eastern Atlantic and could break the record for lasting the longest into January since record keeping began in 1851.
The 27th and final named storm in a tumultuous, record-breaking hurricane season that officially ended more than a month ago, Zeta had sustained winds near 40 mph on Thursday night, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...
Zeta is only the second Atlantic storm in recorded history to survive into January, joining Hurricane Alice in 1955. After Zeta dissipates, Stewart said, forecasters will review records to determine whether it or Alice lasted longest into January...
Zeta unravels, 2005 hurricane season ends
Tropical Storm Zeta weakened and began to break apart on Friday, bringing a final and overdue end to the costliest and busiest Atlantic hurricane season on record, U.S. forecasters said.
By 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT), Zeta was a tropical depression around 900 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands of the eastern Caribbean, with maximum sustained winds near 30 mph (45 kph). But the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta was rapidly losing its tropical characteristics.
"I suppose it is only fitting that the record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season ends with a record-breaking storm," wrote hurricane center forecaster Stacy Stewart in the Miami-based center's last bulletin on Zeta.
"Today Zeta surpassed 1954's Alice No. 2 as the longest-lived tropical cyclone to form in December and cross over into the next year. Zeta was also the longest-lived January tropical cyclone."