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Apr 21, 2017

First storm of 2017, Arlene comes and goes

Even though the hurricane season begins in June there has been some activity before the start of the season. Tropical Storm Arlene, the first named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, became a tropical depression almost twenty-four hours after it was formed on Thursday.  But it posed no real threat to any landmass in its trajectory as it was engulfed by a larger low-pressure system that was building to the west and south of Arlene.


Derrick Rudon, Forecaster, National Met Service

Derrick Rudon

“Okay, the system in the Atlantic was a rear April tropical storm developed from an extra tropical storm.  There was this low pressure area and it developed into a subtropical storm the day before yesterday and yesterday it acquired enough tropical characteristics to be called a tropical storm.  It only lasted one day and today it has dissipated, rather it has been absorbed by a larger extra tropical system.”


Arlene was also the farthest north a tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic, this early in the season.


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