Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hurricane Alex

Imagine my surprise, clicking around earlier, and I stumbled across the news that we have a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.  The first named storm of 2016.

The National Hurricane Center tells the tale.
At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Alex wa  located near latitude 31.5 North, longitude 28.4 West. Alex is moving toward the north-northeast near 20 mph (31 km/h) and a turn toward the north with an increase in forward speed is expected over the next day or two.  On the forecast track, the center of Alex will move near or over portions of the Azores Friday morning.
It's really odd to have a named storm, much less a hurricane in January.  Conditions must have been exactly right for formation.  

1 comment:

Rivrdog said...

I watched a Sat loop. The storm was extra-tropical, had tropical characteristics for a few hours, went extra-tropical again. It's a typical NOAA stretch to call it a Hurricane. This has more to do with climate change politics than meteorology.