1st tropical depression of season forms far from land

1st tropical depression of season forms far from land

Subtropical depression one has transitioned into a tropical depression and is expected to dissipate Thursday night or Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory on Thursday.

But in a twist, the system turned fully tropical today with a more symmetric grouping of thunderstorms and 35 mph winds - four miles below tropical storm status.

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. - An off-season tropical storm is being monitored southwest of the Azores.

The tropical depression was a subtropical depression until Thursday morning.

This is a live loop of the potential tropical storm over the central Atlantic.

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"It doesn't mean a thing in the world for the most part", said Max Mayfield, a former director of the National Hurricane Center and hurricane specialist for Channel 10 in Miami. The first name on the list for tropical storms for this year is Arlene.

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The storm poses no threat to land. It will continue to cause rough seas over the middle of the Atlantic, however.

The last two recorded tropical cyclones that formed in April outside hurricane season were in 1992 and 2003.