TROPICAL STORM ZETA
|T.S. Zeta on December 30, 2005
On December 30, 2005, thirty days after the official end of the 2005 season, An area of convection became organized enough
and became Tropical Storm Zeta. This was over twenty days since the last tropical system (Epsilon) dissipated, and many had
thought that the 2005 season had already ended. This was the latest ever that a tropical storm had formed, the previous record
was held by Hurricane Alice of 1954. Like the previous storm Epsilon, Zeta was expected to quickly weaken, but this did not
take place. On January 2, a strong burst of convection unexpectedly fired up and the storm strengthened reaching wind speeds
of 65 mph on January 3.
Early on January 4, the convection that brought Zeta its burst of strength began to die down, and the circulation center
became exposed. This began a steady weakening trend that was due to a combination of heavy wind shear on the system and dry
air entering the circulation. This brought the sustained winds down to 40 mph, making it a minimal tropical storm.
On the morning of Jaunuary 5, Zeta was briefly downgraded to a tropical depression before regaining tropical storm status
at the next advisory. Zeta managed to remain a tropical storm for the next day or so, before weakening to a depression again
on the morning of January 6. The last advisory on Tropical Depression Zeta was issued on the afternoon of January 6. The last
advisory finally brought the amazing 2005 season to an end.
Zeta surpassed Alice's record as the longest lasting storm to form in December. Zeta did not threaten land, so no deaths
or damages were reported due to the storm.