Hurricane center monitors disturbance in Atlantic. Yes, it’s only April

The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday issued a special tropical weather outlook for an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic that has a 10 percent chance of developing. Yes, we’re still 37 days away from the start of hurricane season.

“An area of low pressure located about 900 miles northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has been producing a small but persistent area of showers and thunderstorms to the east of its center since this morning,” the hurricane center said in its update. “However, the low is forecast to move southwestward at 10 to 15 mph into an area of stronger upper-level winds tonight and tomorrow, and additional development is not expected.”

The hurricane center gave the area a 10 percent chance of forming into a depression or storm in the next 48 hours, and the same 10 percent chance for development in the next seven days.

Hurricane season starts on June 1 and ends on Nov. 3, But if you think it’s too early for a tropical storm to form, think again.

In the 1938 hurricane season, a tropical storm formed on Jan. 3 – the earliest recorded storm.

According to AccuWeather, there have been three tropical storms that formed during the month of April. They were, Tropical Storm Arlene on April 16, 2017; Tropical Storm Ana on April 20, 2003; and unnamed sub-tropical storm formed on April 21, 1992. Tropical Storm Arlene on April 16, 2017.

The 2024 hurricane season is forecast to be extremely active. Hurricane forecasters at Colorado State University said in their 2024 season outlook earlier this month that they expect 23 named storms, including 11 hurricanes, five of which could be classified as major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).