1st tropical depression of 2017 forms far from land


The system is expected to dissipate Thursday night or Friday.

A subtropical depression in the Central Atlantic became the first tropical depression of 2017 Thursday, officials with the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

So what does it matter that the system morphed from sub-tropical to tropical?

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The depression was about 730 miles west of the Azores Thursday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

The system has migrated from part tropical and part subtropical to a fully tropical system.

According to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, there has only been one April tropical cyclone in the Atlantic from 1851 to 2016. The NHC said thunderstorms around the center become more symmetric.

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The storm poses no threat to land.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but previous year two storms formed before the official start of the season. Forecasters said no more strengthening is expected, and the depression should be absorbed by an extratropical low in a day or so.

The first named storm of the year in the Atlantic will be Arlene.

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