Hurricane Epsilon

Hurricane Epsilon

05 December 2005 00:00 UTC

Hurricane Epsilon
Hurricane Epsilon

Hurricane Epsilon, the last of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.

Last Updated

21 October 2020

Published on

04 December 2005

by HansPeter Roesli (EUMETSAT)

In many respects Hurricane Epsilon was an exceptional event: it was the 26th hurricane occurrence in the Atlantic during 2005. However, even Epsilon was not the last such event in the Atlantic, when Zeta, the 27th tropical storm; developed on 30 December 2005; but did not reach hurricane force (see Met-8 RGB composite image , 3 January 2006, 07:00 UTC).

Epsilon's birth place; between Bermuda and the Azores Islands; as well as its almost exclusively eastward track have probably no counterpart; according to recent records. In addition, and bearing in mind its quite northerly position in the Atlantic, the hurricane-force period of Epsilon was quite long, lasting from 2 December 2005 18:00 UTC to 7 December 2005 06:00 UTC, with the hurricane having an open eye throughout this period.

The hurricane first appeared in an area of convective clusters, embedded in an upper-level low, that slowly organised themselves into a cyclonic structure with an eye already on 1 December 2005.

 

Meteosat-8 images showing hurricane Epsilon with maximum intensity (winds 75 knots)

Met-8, 05 December 2005, 06:00 UTC
Met-8, 05 December 2005, 06:00 UTC
RGB Composite
WV6.2–WV7.3, IR9.7–IR10.8, WV6.2
Full Resolution
Animation (Six-hourly intervals)
(29 Nov. 00:00 UTC–9 Dec. 00:00 UTC)
Met-8, 05 December 2005, 06:00 UTC
Met-8, 05 December 2005, 06:00 UTC
Channel 09 (IR10.8)
Full Resolution
Animation (storm centered)
(2 Dec. 18:00 UTC– 7 Dec. 12:00 UTC,
Six-hourly, showing details of eye region)

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Meteosat-8 images showing hurricane Epsilon with maximum intensity (winds 75 knots)

Met-8, 05 December 2005, 06:00 UTC
Met-8, 05 December 2005, 06:00 UTC
Channel 05 (WV6.2)
Full Resolution
Animation (storm centered)
(2 Dec. 18:00 UTC–7 Dec. 12:00 UTC,
Six-hourly, showing upper tropospheric humidity)
Met-8, 05 December 2005, 06:00 UTC
Met-8, 05 December 2005, 06:00 UTC
Difference Image WV6.2–WV7.3
Full Resolution
Animation (storm centered)
(2 Dec. 18:00 UTC–7 Dec. 12:00 UTC,
Six-hourly, showing mid tropospheric humidity)