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Mystery System Brewing in Atlantic: Tropical Storm or Hurricane?

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:30 AM

A mystery weather system is brewing off the east coast of the Atlantic Ocean, puzzling forecasters wondering whether it will turn into a tropical storm or hurricane, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service issued a report on the system Monday, stating that it could develop some "characteristics" later in the week.

"A non-tropical area of low pressure is expected to form near the northwestern Bahamas around midweek," a report from the National Weather Service's hurricane center read. "This system could gradually acquire some subtropical characteristics by Thursday or Friday as it moves generally northward at a slow forward speed."

NWS forecasters predict that the system has a 30-percent chance of forming over the next five days.

"Computer models remain bullish on spinning up a weak storm system from a stalled remnant frontal boundary that is draped across Cuba and the Bahamas (Monday)," wrote Brian McNoldy of The Washington Post. "There is no low-level circulation yet, just a lot of convergence which is fueling widespread thunderstorms in the region. Heavy rain is falling over Cuba and parts of the Bahamas, and the whole area of disturbed weather is forecast to gradually ooze northward."

Hurricane season does not officially start until June 1 and traditionally very few named storms develop in May, according to USA Today. If the system does grow into the first named storm of the season, it would be Ana.

Chris Landsea, the National Hurricane Center's science and operations officer, told USA Today that there has only been 20 tropical storms formed in May from 1851 to 2014, pointing out how unusual it would be see a pre-June 1 tropical storm develop.

Tropical Storm Beryl, though, did hit northeastern Florida in May 2012 with winds of 70 miles per hour, just five miles under the official winds speeds of a hurricane.

Beryl dumped heavy rain on Florida and Georgia in the rare tropical storm before moving up the East Coast and turning back into the Atlantic Ocean, according to Fox News.

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