Is it the final countdown?
We've entered the last week of the 2023 hurricane season, and right on cue, the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins are both void of any tropical activity after Tropical Storm Ramon fizzled Sunday morning.
Water temperatures remain plenty warm for tropical cyclones to form if they are able to find an area of reduced upper-level winds, which are common this time of year.
Climatologically speaking, both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific basins have already passed their typical end date for activity, meaning any system is a rarity.
Eastern Pacific tropical activity: Tropical Storm Ramon fizzles
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the former tropical storm weakened to a remnant area of low pressure Sunday morning.
Ramon's formation marked the latest in the season that a tropical storm had developed in the Eastern Pacific Basin since 1983, according to the U.K. Met Office.
Now that Ramon has fizzled, no other areas of disturbed weather are being tracked in the Eastern Pacific.
Atlantic Ocean tropical activity also fizzles
In the Atlantic, frontal boundaries continue to exit North America, which provides a chance of tropical or even subtropical activity.
The FOX Forecast Center was monitoring an area of low pressure associated with one of those frontal boundaries, about halfway between Bermuda and Africa.
The NHC dubbed the system Invest 90L last week, but on Saturday, forecasters dropped development chances to near 0%.
Earlier last week, the system had as much as a moderate chance of developing into a tropical storm, but those chances gradually waned as the system failed to take shape and is now racing toward cooler waters, ending any chances of tropical development.
If a named storm had formed, it would have been known as Vince. Instead, it looks like the 2023 season will finish up using 19 names off the 2023 hurricane names list – barring any rare late-season surprises – and leaving just Vince and Whitney unused.
An average season usually only produces 14 named storms and seven hurricanes, three of which reach Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.