The first tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season continues to churn less than 100 miles off the Southeast coastline.
Tropical Storm Alberto is located about 90 miles south of Charleston, S.C., or east-southeast of Savannah, Ga., according to the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.
Alberto is a low-end tropical storm with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph.
Alberto started Satuday as a non-tropical area of low pressure, but quickly acquired tropical characteristics as it churned over the warm waters of the southwestern Atlantic.
AccuWeather.com warned that such "home-grown" storms, tropical systems that develop near the coast of the United States, were a possibility when the official 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast was released earlier this year.
Alberto is expected to meander off the South Carolina coast into Monday before turning northeastward into the open waters of the Atlantic Tuesday, grazing the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the process.
Alberto could restrengthen slightly during this time, but will never approach or achieve hurricane status.
The track of Alberto puts the Georgia and Carolina coastline at risk for flooding downpours, gusty winds and rough surf.
Alberto should bypass the Northeast. However, a turn to more unsettled weather after a fantastic weekend is still in the forecast.
The development of Alberto is proof that tropical storms and hurricanes are not confined to the dates of the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30.
Tropical Depression One from late May 2009 was the last organized tropical feature to form prior to hurricane season.
Alberto is the earliest tropical storm to form in the Atlantic since Ana became a tropical storm during the evening hours of April 20, 2003. Subtropical Storm Andrea took shape during the second week of May in 2007, but never became fully tropical.
Following a blustery and chilly weekend, temperatures will once again take a tumble across the northeastern United States during the first half of this week.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States this week, and Southern California will not be excluded from rainfall this time.
A strengthening tropical cyclone will unleash heavy rain and strong winds on areas from western Myanmar to northeast India and Bangladesh this week.
Flooding downpours and thunderstorms will target a part of the central United States at midweek.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
East Coast, USA (1878)
"Gale of '78;" hurricane center over Richmond, VA. Washington, DC. barometer reading of 28.78"/975 mb. Cape May had winds of 84 mph from the SE. Highest tide ever for the Delaware River. Winds 100 mph at Wilmington, DE. Severe damage in Philadelphia.
Off British Columbia Coast (1918)
The Princess Sophia struck a coastal reef in severe storm and sank. All 343 aboard drowned.
Ishpemig, MI (1929)
27" of snow.