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The weather in the Atlantic is becoming a bit perplexing and possibly even dangerous.

Following news that Typhoon Pilgrims had intensified into a near-Category 3 storm, the hurricane that was expected to close in on the East Coast earlier this week has done an about-face and re-formed. It’s now a weak, at-times wobbly system, moving towards Canada. And experts don’t know if it will touch the United States.

It was originally a powerful Category 3 storm (read: Cat 3) that was expected to brush North Carolina and then move quickly away from the area. But as it moved closer, it lost power in the jet stream (the fast moving air that flows upwards), changed its course and became a non-tropical cyclone, meaning that it did not have a circumpolar cloud condensation boundary — the boundary where the icy high-pressure zone from the north and warm surface from the south meet and fall together, creating a strong, low-pressure air mass. As it veered more to the north, its wind speeds plunged and it lost its hurricane status.

It does, however, appear to be strengthening again (above the horizon), according to the NHC. And this is not like Typhoons Mekong, and other recent weakers that have wiggled their way into the United States before churning out.

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