Hey, isn’t this April? When all is supposed to be quiet in the tropics?
Well, not quite.
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance in the Atlantic, about 460 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as it has developed a center of circulation and thunderstorm activity. It was moving west-northwest at about 10 mph.
It likely poses no threat to land, as it probably won’t survive longer than two or three days, thanks to strong wind shear over the Atlantic.
Still, the hurricane center gives it a 20 percent chance of developing in a subtropical storm or depression over the next 48 hours.
According to Jeff Masters of Weather Underground, since 1851 — when tropical records were started — only one named tropical storm has developed in April, Ana in 2003.
The first named storm this season will be: Arlene