Tropical Storm Ana was the second named storm of the 1997 Atlantic hurricane season, forming off the East Coast of the United States. The system moved east, then northeast, and went out to sea, never affecting land.
There is no damage associated with Ana, and no fatalities were reported.
|Formation||June 30, 1997|
|Dissipation||July 4, 1997|
|Highest winds||50 mph|
|Lowest pressure||1000 mbar|
Ana developed from a frontal low pressure system off the coast of South Carolina on June 30. After becoming a tropical depression on June 30, it moved eastward, strengthening into Tropical Storm Ana as it did so. The next day, despite strong vertical wind shear over the storm, Ana reached its peak intensity of 50 mph and a pressure of 1000 mb. A deepening shortwave trough moved to eastern North Carolina and accelerated Ana to the northeast on July 2 and July 3. Ana became extratropical on July 4 as it moved over cooler water. Ana dissipated shortly thereafter.
Lack of Retirement
Because it had no effect on land, the name Ana was not retired in the Spring of 1998 by the World Meteorological Organization. It was used again in the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season, and is on the list of names to be used for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season.