Tropical Storm Arlene Poses No Threat

The year's first tropical depression strengthened Thursday into the year's first named storm. On Friday, the Hurricane Center predicts it to get absorbed by a nearby nontropical storm and dissipate.

The National Hurricane Center confirmed Thursday afternoon that what had been a tropical depression is now Tropical Storm Arlene.

Tropical season in the Atlantic basin officially begins June 1st and ends November 30th each year, which is what makes Arlene so rare. Tropical storm force winds from the center: NE 230 mi (370 km); SE 115 mi (185 km); SW 0 mi (0 km); NW 140 mi (220 km).

This study is more in depth but comes to similar conclusions as the previous Accuweather hurricane prediction gCaptain published early this month.

The first tropical depression of the Atlantic season has formed far from land.

The National Hurricane Center named the system Thursday afternoon, saying the storm had 45 miles per hour winds and a well defined circulation.

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The system has migrated from part tropical and part subtropical to a fully tropical system. That's about 1,135 miles (1,825 km) west-northwest of the Azores.

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According to Colorado State University, this upcoming season could remain slightly below average.

This is the second consecutive year where hurricane season started early.

Subtropical cyclones typically are associated with upper-level lows and have colder temperatures aloft, whereas tropical cyclones are completely warm-core and upper-level high-pressure systems overhead help facilitate their intensification.

The next named storm in the Atlantic will be called Bret.