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Lee - 2005

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A Weak Tropical Storm Lee

On August 28th, as Hurricane Katrina was making landfall, another storm was brewing in the middle of the Atlantic. Tropical Depression Thirteen formed about 950 miles east of the Lesser Antilles out of a strong tropical wave. It started to track WNW until deteriorating into a strong low pressure system on August 29th. But the storm was not done yet.

Advisories resumed on August 31st as it regenerated in the Central Atlantic and began to move northwest. Later that day, the depression became Tropical Storm Lee, the 12th named storm of the season. Lee was a very short lived storm however, and ran into unfavorable conditions later that same day and was downgraded to a tropical depression. Lee dissipated on September 1st.

Lee was the first storm to interrupt the trend of earliest storm formations which was consecutively broken since Hurricane Dennis became the earliest 4th named storm, and Emily became the earliest 5th named storm and so on. Lee was the 3rd earliest formation of a season's 12th named storm, trailing behind the 1995 and 1933 seasons.