Subtropical Storm Nicole (2004)

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Subtropical Storm Nicole
Subtropical storm (SSHWS/NWS)
STS Nicole 10 oct 2004 1530Z.jpg
Satellite image of Subtropical Storm Nicole
Formed October 10, 2004
Dissipated October 11, 2004
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 50 mph (85 km/h)
Lowest pressure 986 mbar (hPa); 29.12 inHg
Fatalities None
Areas affected Bermuda, Atlantic Canada, United States
Part of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season

Subtropical Storm Nicole was the fourteenth named storm and first subtropical cyclone to form during the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Additionally, it was the first subtropical storm to be given a name from the standard hurricane naming list and be considered a subtropical cyclone in real-time. The storm never made landfall as a subtropical cyclone, though its remnants affected Anticosti Island, just off of the provinces of Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Storm history[change | change source]

Storm path

Nicole's genesis appeared to be associated with an upper tropospheric trough and a decaying frontal system located over the southwestern North Atlantic in early October. By October 8, a broad area of surface low pressure became evident about 400 miles (640 km) southeast of Bermuda. Shortly thereafter, the system began to produce gale-force winds, affecting Bermuda on October 9. Early the next day, analysis from the National Hurricane Center determined that the low-pressure system had acquired sufficient tropical characteristics to be classified as a subtropical storm, whereupon it was assigned the name Nicole.[1]

Steadily tracking over cooler waters toward the northwest, Nicole lost all of its tropical characteristics and was declared fully extratropical on October 11, 345 miles (555 km) south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Hurricane Centre continued to issue advisories on what was referred to as Post-tropical Storm Nicole, which had subsequently merged with a stronger mid-latitude cyclone. The resultant weather system producing heavy rainfall across the Maritimes in the vicinity of Anticosti Island on October 14.[1]

Impact[change | change source]

No damage or fatalities were reported, for that Nicole never made landfall or directly affected any land areas. It brought light rain to Bermuda and briefly threatened it before heading northeast. Its remnants combined with a stronger cyclone affecting Anticosti Island in Canada; however, no significant damage was caused in the area.

Records[change | change source]

Since 2002, subtropical storms have been assigned names from the same naming sequence as tropical storms. As such, Nicole was the first named subtropical storm to receive a name under this rule. Many subtropical cyclones between 1975 and 2001 with a sufficiently tropical nature were either considered fully tropical storms or numbered. Initially, however, the phonetic alphabet was used to name subtropical cyclones.

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Other websites[change | change source]

For official forecasts, see the NHC's public advisory archive on Subtropical Storm Nicole.

Tropical cyclones of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season

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