Hurricane season getting an early start

May 15, 2012|By Scott Dance

Hurricane season is off to an early start in the Pacific, but not quite yet in the Atlantic.

The season’s first tropical depression has formed in the Eastern Pacific, about 645 miles from the Mexican coast. A low pressure system in the Eastern Atlantic, meanwhile, is unlikely to become Subtropical Storm Alberto, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The formal hurricane season doesn’t start for another two weeks.

Look out for an article soon on the hurricane season outlook. and The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University have both predicted slower-than-average hurricane systems. The National Hurricane Center is expected to release its forecast soon.

UPDATE: The Pacific storm has been upgraded from a tropical depression to Tropical Storm Aletta.

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