Tropical Storm Nadine hangs in, new system developing in distant Atantic Ocean, could become Oscar

TAMPA - If you haven't noticed, Nadine has been around for a while as a tropical cyclone and is still hanging in there.  

The system that is now Nadine became a depression on September 11 and grew to tropical storm strength later that day.  Eventually, the system became a hurricane and has meandered around the Atlantic for the past three weeks.

Today, Nadine has 65 mph winds and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Azores.  The system is moving to the east-southeast at 7 mph.  Some slow weakening is expected over the next few days.

As for longevity, Nadine is not a record-breaker, at least not yet.  According to the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration, the longest-lived Atlantic tropical cyclone was Storm 3 of 1899 , which lasted 27.75 days.

The average life of a tropical cyclone is 6.16 days, according to NOAA.

Meanwhile, a new tropical system could become Tropical Storm Oscar.  It's located about 900 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands and is moving to the west-northwest at 10-15 mph.

Chances are high - 70 percent - that it will become a cyclone within the next two days.

The good news: current computer models show it eventually heading north, posing no threat to the U.S.

The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends November 30.

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