Off-season storm forming in the tropics

Off-season storm forming in the tropics

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Talking tropics in January? It can happen. An extratropical cyclone with maximum wind speeds of about 65 miles per hour was located near Bermuda on Thursday afternoon.

Surprisingly, there's nothing "extra tropical" about an extratropical cyclone. "In fact, extratropical cyclones are just the normal low pressure systems that we track moving across the country every day," explained WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams.

This particular cyclone is notable because it could possibly form into subtropical cyclone as it continues to move toward the east over the next week, according to the National Hurricane Center. This system is not expected to impact the U.S. but could bring gale-force winds to areas near Bermuda over the next few days.

"Off-season" storms are uncommon, but not unheard of. The most recent "off-season" winter subtropical storm occurred in December 2013.

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