January 14 2016- Today Alex was upgraded to a hurricane. This storm in the far eastern Atlantic is only a threat to the Azores islands, and will track both towards Greenland, where it could disrupt the jet stream to a more favorable cold pattern for the eastern United States. This has nothing to do with El Nino, which in fact is a weather pattern that limits normal tropical development in the Atlantic. Winds for Alex at the latest report from the National Hurricane Center were up to 85 mph. The storm itself is raising eyebrows but has some company in the history books.
When Alex formed as a subtropical storm yesterday on January 13, that was the first tropical system in the Atlantic since Zeta in 2006. But that formed on December 30, 2005. This isn’t the only time for January Atlantic tropical development, but it is very rare. Below: The latest storm information, satellite images, and forecast maps. Also a list of Atlantic tropical storm history in January.
LOCATION...32.6N 28.0W ABOUT 415 MI...670 KM S OF FAIAL ISLAND IN THE CENTRAL AZORES MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...85 MPH...140 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNE OR 20 DEGREES AT 20 MPH...31 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...981 MB...28.97 INCHES