Minor point of contention about this system. It would not be the second documented TC case in the South Atlantic. It would be the fourth. The first developed off the coast of Angola (Africa) in 1991. The second was in January of 2004, not very long before Catarina, and the third, of course, was Catarina.
There have been other interesting cases since the advent of the satellite era. Most of these look to be more of a subtropical or hybrid nature. I'll post more about this system when I get some time. For now it's off to work.
BTW...for any aspiring tropical mets (or more likely, a team of aspiring tropical mets) out there who are willing to pore over decades of geostationary satellite imagery, surface/upper air maps, model data, etc. from the south Atlantic, a thorough documentation and preliminary study of all tropical and hybrid south atlantic cyclones would make a fascinating and much-needed masters thesis. Given the puported link between GW and TC occurrence/severity, I doubt funding would be a problem. I'm sure there are many mets at NHC, and in Brazil who would be interested and willing to assist toward this end.
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