|Hurricane Nicole in the North Atlantic Near Peak Intensity
A stationary frontal low began to develop in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean on November 23, and was found to have reached
tropical depression status early on November 24, and strengthened further into Tropical Storm Nicole later on that day. Nicole
was located a few hundred miles to the south of the Canary Islands, and was moving to the SSW. The storm strengthened quickly
at first, while in favorable waters, and reached a first peak intensity with winds of 70 mph on November 25. However, a trough
that brushed over the storm later that day began to produce heavy wind shear on Nicole, and it weakened steadily as a result.
The shear brought the storm to tropical depression status by middy on November 26, and the depression nearly dissipated later
that day, with advisories temporarily continued. But as a ridge that trailed the trough moved in, the wind shear decreased
and Nicole regained tropical storm strength by the 27th. Now moving to the west, the storm continued to turn more to the northeast
as it gradually strengthened. Nicole became a hurricane early on November 30, on the official end of the Atlantic Hurricane
Season. Obviously, Nicole extended these boundaries, one of many storms to do so. After becoming a hurricane, the storm entered
some unusually warm waters and reached a peak intensity with winds of 85 mph and a pressure of 979 mbar, and became quite
organized with a clear eye and a nearly complete eyewall. However, as the storm moved away from these warm waters, it weakened
quickly to a tropical storm, and then became extratropical just hours later on December 1 as it turned to the north and accelerated.
No damages or casualties were reported due to Nicole, the last storm of the deadly 1998 Atlantic Hurricane Season.