2. Subtropical Storm Alex

Most of us know that the Atlantic hurricane season begins each June 1st, and concludes at the end of November.  Sometimes a tropical cyclone may sneak in a few weeks early in May, or a few weeks late in December.

Well, someone forgot to tell all of this to Subtropical Storm Alex, the first cyclone of 2016, which formed today and was announced this afternoon by the National Hurricane Center.  This eastern Atlantic storm is not expected to strike any landmass, but is a very rare event indeed.  It is only the fourth January storm to form since 1851.  To track Alex, go to http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ .

Alex will not affect Ohio District 3, but it illustrates the need to pay attention to the weather forecasters and not assume that unusual winter weather patterns will never strike us.