For the fifth year in a row, a named storm has formed early in the Atlantic

Subtropical Storm Andrea, about 475km southwest of Bermuda, isn't much to look at.

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Andrea, about 475km southwest of Bermuda, isn’t much to look at.
(credit: NOAA)

On Monday evening, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center
determined that a low pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean had
sustained winds of 40mph, and therefore should be named
Subtropical Storm Andrea
. This was the first named storm of the
2019 Atlantic season, and it could bring some moderate rainfall to
Bermuda on Wednesday before dissipating.

Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season does not begin until
June 1, and notionally ends on Nov. 30. However, the formation of
Andrea marks the fifth year in a row—dating to Tropical Storm Ana
in 2015—that a named storm has formed before June 1.

This is unprecedented. According to Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane
scientist at the University of Colorado, the development of Andrea
breaks the previous record of four consecutive years with a
pre-June storm formation. The former record was set from 1951
through 1954, he told Ars. The total of seven pre-June storms this
decade, the 2010s, has also tied the number recorded in the
1950s.

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For the fifth year in a row, a named storm has formed early in the Atlantic