Tropical Storm Rina formed in the central Atlantic Ocean late Monday but will not threaten any land areas as it tracks into the northern Atlantic Ocean in the days ahead.
Rina is the 17th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. This puts the 2017 season in a tie for ninth place for the most named storms on record in any Atlantic hurricane season since 1851.
The “R” storm has only been named in the Atlantic five other times since 1950, when formal hurricane names started being used. This occurred in 2012 (Rafael), 2011 (Rina – yep, same name), 2010 (Richard), 2005 (Rita) and 1995 (Roxanne).
Both Rita in 2005 and Roxanne in 1995 ended up being retired for the destruction they caused. Rina, the “R” name in this year’s Atlantic tropical cyclone name list, is the replacement for Rita.
All five of the previous Atlantic “R” storms reached hurricane strength, according to meteorologist Bob Henson of wunderground.com. Rina is also the first “R” storm to form as late as November, Henson added.
Tropical Storm Rina is unlikely to become a hurricane as it enters the cooler waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean and merges with a cold front midweek, which will transition it into a post-tropical low-pressure system.