Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Jeffery Vega

Tropical Depression One becomes Tropical Storm Arlene

Tropical Depression One becomes Tropical Storm Arlene

Tropical storm Arlene formed over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean Thursday afternoon.

The storm officially attained tropical storm status at 5 p.m.

Arlene is located northeast of Bermuda, producing wind speeds up to 45 miles per hour and traveling west-northwest at 25 miles per hour.

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Even though there have been twists and surprises with Arlene's development, a very strong Low pressure system and its associated cold front are still moving quickly across the Northern Atlantic Ocean and will pick up and absorb Arlene by Friday.

While our official hurricane season doesn't start for another month or so, don't tell Mother Nature. In fact, storms have formed before June 1st in four of the last six years. Similar to Arlene, Ana started off as a sub-tropical depression and then sub-tropical storm before completely acquiring tropical characteristics. "In addition to providing less fuel for tropical cyclone formation and intensification, cooler tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are associated with a more stable atmosphere as well as drier air, both of which suppress organized thunderstorm activity necessary for hurricane development".

The storm system formed earlier in the week and was upgraded to a subtropical storm on Wednesday.

Hurrican season for the Atlantic begins June 1. Tropical Storm Bonnie formed in May 2016 off the SC coast.

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