Tropical Storm Arlene forms in the north Atlantic

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An area of low pressure in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean developed into Tropical Storm Arlene late Thursday afternoon. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles from the center.

However, Tropical Storm Arlene was still expected to dissipate shortly.

Since the weather satellite era began in the 1960's, Arlene is only the second named storm known to form in the Atlantic basin during the month of April.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officials goes from June 1 to November 30. However, it may raise questions about whether predictions of a below average hurricane season this year may be off the mark. A subtropical depression or storm has both tropical and non-tropical characteristics.

The system is running out of time to become Tropical Storm Arlene.

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So what does it matter that the system morphed from sub-tropical to tropical?

The storm is located in the North Atlantic, far away from the United States coast. Late Thursday afternoon, Tropical Storm Arlene was situated over the North Atlantic and had sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. Hurricane Alex formed in the north-central Atlantic in January of 2016.

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