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Tropical Storm Zeta Ends 2005 Hurricane Season with Record 27 Storms


January 6, 2006 (HDW) United States - The 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season has been one of new records and surprises. December 30, 2005, saw yet another unexpected addition to the yearís weather events: Tropical Storm Zeta. One month after 2005ís record-breaking storm season officially ended, this storm appeared roughly 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) to the southwest of the Azores Islands.


A NASA satellite captured this image of Zeta on January 3, 2006. At that time, Zeta still had sustained winds of around 100 kilometers per hour (63 miles per hour), a steady strength the storm has now maintained for several days, with a very slight increase in power.


After the previous record-holding storm season of 1933, which saw 21 named storms, weather forecasters established a convention of using just 21 letters of the alphabet (the last letter being W) to begin the names of Atlantic tropical storms. After Hurricane Wilma in October 2005, forecasters turned to the Greek alphabet. Zeta is the sixth letter of that alphabet, and this is the 27th named storm of 2005.


A tropical storm is characterized by winds of at least 63 kilometers (39 miles) per hour. To be categorized as a hurricane, a storm needs winds of more than 119 kilometers (74 miles) per hour. As Tropical Storm Zeta formed, ocean temperatures didnít appear warm enough to escalate Zeta into a hurricane, and news reports described it as no immediate threat to any land areas.

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