Tropical Storm Paulette just came back to life in the eastern Atlantic. The revival comes days after storm trackers issued what would have been. But you can’t keep a storm like Paulette down — it’s come back as a zombie.
“Zombie” isn’t a technical designation, just a nickname for storms that peter out, only to come back from the dead when conditions allow. For a tropical storm to form (or rise again) it needs favorable wind conditions,. It also needs to have the , with a . That structure is what Paulette briefly lost last week, causing its untimely “demise.”
In other news, the National Weather Service is clearly just as tired of this year as the rest of us.
Paulette’s resurrection comes more than a week after it. On September 16th, during their of the storm, the forecasters predicted that there was “some chance” Paulette could pull something like this. At the time, Paulette’s remains weren’t organized like a tropical storm, but it was still kicking, creating high seas — and it was headed into warm water, which fuels cyclones like this one.
The conditions were good enough that Paulette re-formed on September 22nd, but it’s just staggering along. The, as of this writing, says that Paulette is weakening and is expected to become a remnant again within a day.
While Paulette’s second life is likely to be brief, other zombie storms have been far more powerful. In 2018,after an exceedingly weird 19-day tour of the Atlantic. And in 2014, Hurricane Ana re-formed in the Pacific .
Zombie storms aren’t entirely uncommon — in addition to Ana and Leslie, 2013’s hurricane season saw both, and in 2014 . That’s spooky timing, but what’s spookier than any zombie hurricane is the fact that over the past several decades, .
This year’s hurricane season has already been extremely active. There have been so many storms that forecasters are. Currently, .
Hurricane season will continue until November 30th.