UPDATE: We have created a map based loosely on this data (not just May, all pre-season).
When I blogged about Subtropical Storm Andrea in May 2007 (a similar storm in a similar area to the potential storm this week), I posted a list of all Atlantic (Sub)Tropical storms occurring "out of season." I would like to repeat that below, along with a map showing all May storms (excluding "Subtropical Storm 1" in 1976 which I didn't have a track for. Interesting enough, it was the only storm that originated in the Gulf - near the purple "X" then moved northeastward across Florida ending at the "X" in the Atlantic).
For information on this week's storm potential, please monitor our Headlines (shown at right),
ALL "MAY" TROPICAL STORMS (ORIGINS JUST NORTH OF TIME/DATE)
LIST OF ALL "OUT OF SEASON" TROPICAL STORMS IN THE ATLANTIC
Please Credit WeatherMatrix.AccuWeather.com
1981: May 06 - 09: Tropical Storm Arlene hits Cuba and the Bahamas
1976: May 21 - 25: Subtropical Storm 1 crosses northern Florida, southern Georgia
1972: May 23 - 29: Subtropical Storm Alpha crosses northern Florida and southern Georgia
1970: May 17 - 27: Hurricane Alma is a hurricane for six hours over the Caribbean south of Cuba
1959: May 02 - 6/2: Tropical Storm Arlene hits Louisiana
1953: May 25 - 6/6: Tropical Storm Alice hits Honduras, Florida Panhandle
1952: Feb 02 - 05: Tropical Storm 1 crosses southern Florida
1951: May 15 - 24: Hurricane Able near Bahamas, Cat 3 strength off NC coast
1948: May 22 - 28: Tropical storm crosses Haiti
1940: May 19 - 27: Tropical storm stays at sea
1934: May 27 - 31: Tropical storm hits Florida, South Carolina
1933: May 14 - 19: Tropical storm hits Mexico
1932: May 05 - 11: Tropical storm crosses the Dominican Republic
1908: Mar 06 - 09: Hurricane crosses northeastern Caribbean Sea islands
1889: May 16 - 21: Hurricane stays at sea
1887: May 17 - 21: Tropical storm hits Cuba, Bahamas
So before you hear the media hyping this week's (sub)tropical storm formation as "historical" - remember it just happened two years ago. The Subtropical Storm Andrea (2007) track below is from our Interactive Google Hurricane Tracker; the satellite shot is courtesy SSEC from my blog entry.
The damage from the Moore, Okla., tornado of May 20, 2013, is incredible. These radar loops show the immensity of the tragic storm.
When I saw that Google had created a 30-year satellite time-lapse of Earth, I knew where the most impressive weather-related animations would be.
Whatever you call them -- "Ice Needling," "Ice Surges," or "Ice Shoves," or "Ice Heaves" -- a phenomenon that I first blogged about in 2009 is back -- with a vengeance!
17 years ago on this date, while I was taking my freshman exams at UNCA, a "cut-off" low was rumored to dump 57" of snow at nearby Mount Pisgah... but is that reading reliable?
Tornado reports and warnings are down for 2013 so far, and the last 12 months, but what about severe-thunderstorm-warned areas and lightning strikes?
The last two weeks have featured no less than four storm days, one with four storms, here in Central Pennsylvania and I've taken some neat pictures.