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Out-of-Season Tropical Storm Omeka Churns Mid-Pacific December 24, 2010
The disorganized circulation of Tropical Storm Omeka can be seen late Monday south of Midway.
An area of disturbed weather in the central Pacific between Johnson Island and the Midway Islands formed into Tropical Storm Omeka on Monday.

Its poorly defined center of circulation was about 1,200 miles west of the Hawaiian Islands and was producing minimal tropical storm winds of about 45 to 50 mph.

Satellite observations indicated it was moving` northward at about 15 mph, quickly losing its tropical characteristics

Forecasters at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu noted that Omeka weakened quickly on Tuesday as it encountered the cooler waters to the north.

The central Pacific hurricane season ended on November 30, but storms have historically formed after that date.

Paka formed south of the Hawaiian Islands during the first week of December 1997, then moved westward across the International Dateline, strengthening into a super typhoon.

Paka caused significant damage when it hit Guam on December 17 and 18, 1997.

Tropical cyclones also formed in the same region in late December 1902, then exactly two years later.

Tropical Storm Omeka Track

Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS