Well this certainly is a surprise – but alas we have the first subtropical storm of the year. Instead of it being in June it just happened to occur two weeks into the new year. This system is a hybrid mix between extratropical and fully tropical – so subtropical. Satellite data indicates a small area of tropical storm force winds exist with this system. Alex is located 785 miles southwest of the Azores and will approach that area on Friday. This system is not a sign that we’re expecting a busy atlantic hurricane season. These just happen to occur out of season every few years. We’ll be rid of it in a few days.

2016-01-13_14-50-30

SUBTROPICAL STORM ALEX ADVISORY NUMBER 1
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012016
500 PM AST WED JAN 13 2016

…OUT OF SEASON SUBTROPICAL STORM FORMS OVER THE FAR EASTERN
ATLANTIC…

SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…27.1N 30.8W
ABOUT 785 MI…1260 KM SSW OF THE AZORES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 55 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…990 MB…29.24 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
Interests in the Azores should monitor the progress of Alex.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
Satellite images indicate that the low pressure system over the
eastern Atlantic has developed into a subtropical storm.
At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alex was
located near latitude 27.1 North, longitude 30.8 West. The storm is
moving toward the northeast near 14 mph (22 km/h), and a turn
toward the north with an increase in forward speed is expected over
the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.
Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, and
Alex is expected to become an extratopical cyclone before reaching
the Azores on Friday.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the
center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb (29.24 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND: Gale force winds are expected to begin over portions of
Azores by late Thursday or early Friday.

RAINFALL: Alex is expected to produce total rain accumulations of
3 to 5 inches over the Azores through Friday, with possible
isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches. These rains may produce
life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.