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Tropical Activity Starts Early

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 25, 2012

Tropical Activity Starts EarlyThe first five months of 2012 have had their share of oddities in the world of meteorology. Now that we’ve moved into late May, these oddities are trickling into the tropics.

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First, we head to the eastern Pacific.

Tropical Storm Aletta formed on May 14, one day before the official May 15 start of the eastern Pacific hurricane season. This was only the third system since 1971 to develop before the official May 15 start date. According to the UK Met Office, the formation of Aletta also ended a 41-day streak without a tropical storm in the world, the longest streak for at least 70 years.

Now we flip over to the Atlantic basin where a few days later on May 19 Tropical Storm Alberto formed off the Southeast coast. This was the earliest-forming tropical storm in the Atlantic since 2003 when Ana developed in April. In 2007, Subtropical Storm Andrea formed near the Southeast coast, but never became fully tropical in nature. Named storms develop before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic season on average around every five years.

After Alberto’s formation, for the first time in recorded history we had named storms in both the eastern Pacific and Atlantic basins before the official start of their respective seasons.
We aren’t done yet. Tropical Depression Two-E in the eastern Pacific became Tropical Storm Bud on May 22. This was the earliest date on record for the second named storm in the eastern Pacific.
Do these early-season tropical oddities mean we are in for a busy season ahead? The short answer is no. There is no correlation between early-season tropical activity and the rest of the hurricane season.
The tropics are just the latest chapter in what has been an odd start to 2012. Below are a few of the highlights since January.

2012: A Extreme Beginning

First, we saw a paltry amount of snow during the winter across a large amount of the country.
Instead of big snowstorms, we were dealing with tornadoes in January. January 2012 had the third most tornadoes on record of any January on record dating back to 1950.
The winter as a whole was the fourth warmest in history.

Then we move into the unforgettable March, which ranked as the warmest on record for the lower 48 states. More than 15,000 warm temperatures were set in the month. In addition, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in March history struck the South and Ohio Valley March 2-3.
26 states have seen their warmest start to the year on record.

Since March was so warm, some cities in the Midwest actually recorded a warmer March than April. This is a very rare event.

By the end of April, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the first four months of the year combined were the warmest on record

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