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TROPICAL STORM NICHOLAS

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Tropical Storm Nicholas in the open Atlantic

A tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa on October 9, it interacted with an area of low pressure, and began to organize convection on October 10. This low formed Tropical Depression Nineteen on October 13, 790 miles WSW of the Cape Verde Islands. The depression was in an area of high wind shear from the start, and would remain so for the rest of its life. TD 19 slowly moved WNW and gradually strengthened into Tropical Storm Nicholas on October 14. Nicholas continued NW and reached a peak intensity with 70 mph winds on October 17, and began to slow down and weaken thereafter.

Nicholas moved erratically northward through October 20, before gaining a motion to the west. Wind shear began to get the best of the storm on October 20, nearly weakening it to a depression. Nicholas made a brief rebound with winds of 50 mph on October 21, but this was short lived and the storm weakened to a depression on October 23 as it completed a curve to the northwest. Tropical Depression Nicholas became extratropical on October 24.

The extratropical remnants of Nicholas went on a long and erratic path at this point. First, they continued north and made a large anticyclonic loop which was completed on October 28. The remnant low then moved WNW through October 29 before embarking on another anticyclonic loop on October 30. The remnants were finally absorbed into a cold front after completing the second loop on November 1. Nicholas never affected land and no casualties or damages were reported.

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