Sunday, October 12, 2008

Nana Nearly Negligible
14th Tropical Storm Follows Micro Marco's Minimal Mexican Mark

Following midget Tropical Storm Marco, a very weak Tropical Storm Nana has developed this afternoon in the eastern Atlantic, about 925 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. At 40 mph, Nana's maximum winds are just barely tropical storm strength. The storm is likely to weaken to a tropical depression by Monday as it moves west northwest in the open ocean.

Tiny Marco, which made landfall on the Mexican Gulf Coast near Veracruz last week, was the smallest named storm since size statistics began being collected in 1988. Its area of tropical storm force winds was barely half the size of the previous record holder, Henri of 2001. At Marco's peak, tropical storm winds extended no further than 25 miles in any direction from the center.

Images: Nana forecast track from National Hurricane Center, Marco track from Weather Underground

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