The first January hurricane in the North Atlantic since 1955

An unusual hurricane is currently over the North Atlantic – the first to exist in January since 1955 and first to actually form in the month since 1938. The tropical cyclone season in the North Atlantic is typically from June to November.

Alex currently lies about 1000 km west of the Canary Islands and is expected to move northwards bringing stormy conditions to the Azores where warnings have been issued. Winds exceeding >75 mph and >100 mm rain is possible.

Earlier this week, Hurricane Pali became the earliest hurricane to form in North Pacific.