Update Friday afternoon. We finally have a name for this system. It is Pali and the the strange name is owing to the fact it formed East of the date line.
is to slowly track west and it will take 4 days to move 4 degrees West.
This system has already set two records.
Pali is the earliest storm ever recorded in central Pacific.
Dating back to 1949, only two tropical storms had formed in the central Pacific in the month of January prior to Pali. Tropical Storm Winona was the first on Jan. 13, 1989, and the second was Ekeka on Jan. 28, 1992. Ekeka reached Category 3 hurricane
intensity amidst the moderate El Niņo of 1991-92.
El Niņo has played a role in the formation of this unusual tropical cyclone. According to the Central Pacific Hurricane
Center, "This low-latitude out-of-season system has tapped into significant directional shear of the low-level winds, with an El Niņo related westerly wind
burst south of the system, and prevailing easterly trade
winds to the north providing the large scale conditions conducive for development."
Hurricane specialist Eric Blake said that Pali is also the "southernmost tropical storm to form in the central Pacific basin," forming at just 4.7 degrees north of the equator, likely also influenced by the warmer than average sea-surface temperatures associated with El Niņo.
Whether this will track about 4000 nm to the Philippines?