Subtropical Storm Alex has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, making it one of the earliest tropical systems to form in the Atlantic Hurricane Basin since records began in 1851.
"A subtropical storm has both tropical and non-tropical characteristics and has a large wind field," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski
Alex is located well in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and doesn't pose a threat to the United States; however, it will affect the Azores. According to Kottlowski, Alex will bring gale-force winds and several inches of heavy rain to the Azores.
Alex is the first tropical system to form over the Atlantic Ocean in January since Subtropical Storm One in 1978. The earliest tropical storm to form in January was Storm One on Jan. 3, 1939.
There has only ever been one hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin during the month of January, and that was Hurricane Alice in 1955.