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Subtropical Depression One forms in eastern Atlantic Ocean

A system that may become Subtropical Storm Arlene is swirling over the open waters of the north-central Atlantic. It will never be a threat to North America. (Source: WECT) A system that may become Subtropical Storm Arlene is swirling over the open waters of the north-central Atlantic. It will never be a threat to North America. (Source: WECT)
This is the 2017 Atlantic Basin tropical storm and hurricane name list. The list starts with ‘Arlene’. The I-name, ‘Irma’, is a replacement for 2011’s retired ‘Irene’. (Source: WECT) This is the 2017 Atlantic Basin tropical storm and hurricane name list. The list starts with ‘Arlene’. The I-name, ‘Irma’, is a replacement for 2011’s retired ‘Irene’. (Source: WECT)
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Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June, but our nation’s top hurricane forecasters say subtropical storm development has occurred here in April.

As of the morning of Thursday, April 20, the National Hurricane Center continues to classify an area of disturbed weather in the north-central Atlantic Ocean as Subtropical Depression One.

“Swirling thunderstorms are gaining at part of their energy from ocean warm water, and that’s why the National Hurricane Center has tagged the system ‘subtropical’,” said WECT First Alert Chief Meteorologist Gannon Medwick.

Environmental conditions are not likely to allow Subtropical Depression One to strengthen, but if it manages to just a small amount, it would get the first name on the 2017 Atlantic tropical storm name list: Arlene.

“The most important aspect of this system is steering currents will keep it from impacting North America,” said Medwick. “If it’s tropical or subtropical and Atlantic, we cover it. That’s what we do. It’s an interesting feature, especially for April. But is it something to really truly worry about? Nah.”

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