Hurricane Alex…how freaky?

Reigate Grammar School Weather Station

2016-01-14_18-36-44 Alex becomes a hurricane 14 Jan 2016 (image EUMETSAT)

Alex is the first Atlantic hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938 and is the first Atlantic hurricane to exist during January since Alice in 1955.

Hurricane Alex, located in the sub-tropical Mid-Atlantic south of the Azores at approximately 30N 30W, was named on Wednesday by the National Hurricane Center as a sub-tropical storm lingering in the tropical Mid Atlantic took on more hurricane characteristics.

2016-01-14_21-33-57 Hurricane Alex 14/01/2016

Despite sea surface temperatures of only 20C, wind speeds in excess of 80mph started circulating around a tight hurricane eye.  The notable northerly formation would be remarkable in summer, let alone January.  So Alex is certainly remarkable but not entirely unique because two other hurricanes have occurred in January since records began in 1851.

2016-01-14_20-37-17 Hurricane Alex’s eye 14/01/2016

Hurricanes usually form June 1 to November 30, the official “hurricane season”.  This is towards the end…

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