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Bolaris's Weather Watch: And now a hurricane in this wacky winter

Hurricane Alex, only the third recorded hurricane in January, formed Friday morning in the Atlantic.

A satellite view of Hurricane Katrina in 2015

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Just when you thought it couldn't get even stranger with all the insane record high temperatures throughoutthe Northeast corridor, paucity of snow, severe thunderstorms, the 60sand 70s on Christmas,we now have a full-fledged hurricane that came alive at 11:30a.m. Friday.

It's the first hurricane of the 2015 hurricane season, that officially starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Yes, I did say JUNE 1!

Just-named hurricane Alex is the first January hurricane since hurricane Alice in 1955, and before that there was a hurricane in 1938, before they started naming hurricanes during WWII.

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Interesting side note: the practice of naming hurricanes after women became common during theSecond World War whenpilots begannaming the many storms across the Pacific after their girlfriends and wivesso they could distinctly remember the storms' placement.

The National Weather Service decided in1978to add male names to the roster, due to strong complaints from the National Organization of Women, among others.

Back to Hurricane Alex: the very latestHurricane Alex is located 670 miles south of the Azores off the coast of Africa. Winds are at85 mph, movingnortheast at 20mph. There are hurricane warnings for the Azores, but no perceivedthreat to the Caribbean or United States.

The extreme weather cycle continues and will continue throughout our lifetimes, the norm is no more.


 

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