Tropical Storm Arlene forms in Atlantic — FIRST ALERT WEATHER

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 22, 2017

Tropical Storm Colin waited until the official start of the season when it was named June 5. Before satellites, tropical storms this of year would have been almost impossible to detect.

Subtropical Depression One has transitioned into a tropical depression.

The system continued to organize Thursday afternoon and winds increased just enough to become a tropical storm.

"Arlene is forecast to become absorbed by a large extratropical low and dissipate on Friday", said Senior Hurricane Specialist Lixion Avila.

This storm receives the name "Arlene", which is the first on the list of names for 2017. "The only exception is if we get tropical cyclone activity in the deep tropics prior to August 1". By Thursday morning it was a tropical depression.

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The 2017 Atlantic basin hurricane season continues through November 30.

"I have to add one more surprise to my long hurricane forecasting career", Avila wrote in the discussion.

Tropical storm formation in April is rare, but not unprecedented.

It's not unheard of to see storms form early, as the official season is a human construct, and it doesn't necessarily signal a busy season ahead. It was fourth known storm in the first month of the year since records started being kept in 1851.

If the current system strengthens into a tropical storm, it would be named Arlene. By comparison, 2016's hurricane activity was about 135 percent of the average season. Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) since the satellite era began (1960). This includes no cold or warm fronts, a broad wind field and thunderstorms removed some distance from the center.

The storm had sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and was moving west-northwest at 25 miles per hour.

According to the NHC, this addition "will help illustrate that hazardous conditions can occur well outside of the track forecast cone".

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