A rare January Subtropical storm has developed over the eastern Atlantic. Since 1851 there have only been two named tropical systems in the Atlantic and two of those where subtropical. Alex is expected to remain over the eastern Atlantic and track north, impacting the Azores later in the week. A subtropical storm is a cyclone that has characteristics associated with both tropical and mid-latitude cyclones. The mid-latitude cyclones are the ones we deal with most often with their associated warmer sectors and colder sectors. They are driven by the huge temperatures gradients and moisture discontinuities. Tropical cyclones are warm core systems that harness their energy from latent energy processes. One of the big drivers is the warmer waters that develop in the warm summer months. It is very interesting to see however and another feature that has made this quite a unique seasonal weather cycle. You can track subtropical storm Alex with our Free First Alert Weather App. If you do not have our app you can download it for Free by searching WBRC in your App Store.
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt