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Subtropical depression one forms in the East Atlantic

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This morning a small area of relatively unorganized thunderstorms came together to form a subtropical depression in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

The system has sustained winds at 35mph.

The reason it is classified a subtropical depression is because the low formed as a resulted of mid and upper level winds getting together to form a weak circulation instead of tropical activity at the surface bubbling up to form thunderstorms and rotation.

The depression is not expected to last much longer as it will get swept up by a much larger system off to its east.

However, if it can briefly come together and strengthen with winds 39mph or stronger it will then become Subtropical Storm Arlene.

If this does happen it will be the first named storm in the Atlantic in the month of April since 2003 when Tropical Storm Ana developed into a strong storm with 65 mph winds.

Now the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season is not until June 1st it is not uncommon to get one or two named storms before the season begins.

Also, an early season storm has not indication on whether the actual hurricane season will be an above or below normal season.

Current predictions for the 2017 Atlantic season still call for a slightly below average season with 11 named storms and 4 hurricanes.

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