From the hard-to-believe-but-true school of wacky weather news, Tropical Storm Peter formed today in the Atlantic. The storm, which has winds of 45 m.p.h. and is traveling at a speed of 12 m.p.h. is still quite a distance from the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida – it's just 800 miles off the western Cape Verde Islands – and, as a result, there is no storm track prediction at this point. Some experts are saying the storm will dissipate entirely before it reaches land.
Tropical Storm Peter falls on the heels of Tropical Storm Odette, which dumped massive showers on the Dominican Republic over the weekend (though its impact on cruises in that area basically was minimal beyond a rainy day and slighter-rougher-than-usual seas).
What's particularly unusual is that this is the second Tropical Storm to form since 2003 hurricane season officially ended November 30. According to the Weather Channel, the past 30 years – prior to this one -- had seen just five post-hurricane season storms; Odette and Peter are the first since 1984. In fact they equal another record: this is the first time since 1887 that two tropical storms have formed, post-season, in the Atlantic.
We'll keep you updated as if there's any progress with Tropical Storm Peter.