Well, this is unusual

Here we sit towards the end of April, taking care to monitor the middle of the country as the severe weather season winds up, and while we haven’t been short changed on rainfall in heartland, we also haven’t been monitoring the Atlantic.

Fortunately, the National Hurricane Cnter has no time for the Plains, and was looking at the Atlantic. Perhaps because they haven’t had anything to do since autumn, they have started issuing advisories for a subtropical area of low pressure, southeast of the Azores. For those still unfamiliar, the official hurricane season doesn’t begin until June 1st.

First the good news. This system won’t threaten any land masses, and is mostly a concern for the fish residing in the Sargasso Sea. Actually, it’s all good news. The issuance of these advisories isn’t really an ominous sign of things to come for the summer and fall this year, but rather a representation of improved satellite coverage and a recent aggression from the NHC in labelling sub tropical storms as things to be monitored.

Forecasts have the storm fizzling out by the end of the day today, even further away from land than it is now.

[postscript] After writing this, the NHC has elevated this to Tropical Storm status. Arlene, as she is so named, is still fizzle overnight tonight. As Anthony said on Twitter, “anything to boost the numbers”.