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Come on! Arlene an unusual April tropical storm

Posted 4:39 p.m. Thursday
Updated 5:04 p.m. Thursday

Arlene Satellite - wunderground.com

Hurricane season will not officially begin until June 1, but the first named storm of the season formed on Thursday.

Tropical Storm Arlene was named just before 5 p.m. by the National Weather Service's Hurricane Center in Miami.

It was swirling slowly in the mid-Atlantic, moving west-northwest at 25 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

Arlene Tracking - 5 Day

Researchers at North Carolina State University, in their annual hurricane outlook predicted 11 to 15 tropical storms and hurricanes will form this year in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The 1950 to 2014 average for named storms is 11.

Four to six of those named storms may grow strong enough to become hurricanes, with the possibility of one to three becoming major hurricanes, Lian Xie, professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, said.


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  • Tim Orr Apr 25, 6:57 p.m.
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    Apparently you got the point so it couldn't be that bad of a pun...

  • Michael Woods Apr 21, 10:54 a.m.
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    Lol 😂

  • Michael Woods Apr 21, 10:54 a.m.
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  • John Lobenstein Apr 20, 10:21 p.m.
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    If we had an above average hurricane season they might have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

  • Michael Woods Apr 20, 9:14 p.m.
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    Going to need a bigger boat 🚣 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Fred Neopolitano Apr 20, 8:04 p.m.
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    If a storm forms this early, does that not indicate an above average season?

  • Jim Frei Apr 20, 6:32 p.m.
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    As the globe gets warmer, we'll see more of these early Spring hurricanes.

  • Bethany Reeves Apr 20, 4:56 p.m.
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    If you are trying to make a pun regarding the song by Dexys Midnight Runners, the name in question is Eileen. Not Arlene.