8:00 a.m. EDT Friday UPDATE: Chris finally lost its tropical characteristics over the northern Atlantic.
Chris was labeled as a "zombie" tropical storm for the same reason that the system broke a tropical weather record.
Chris acquired the description "zombie" after AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller stated, "the storm is alive, but it should not be."
Chris organized into a tropical storm Tuesday afternoon over water that is far from warm enough for development and at a latitude that is typically unheard of in June.
The storm further strengthened into the Atlantic Basin's first hurricane of the season early Thursday with a pronounced eye showing up in satellite images. Later Thursday, "zombie" Chris was downgraded, once again becoming a tropical storm.
Chris first took shape at a latitude of 39.3 degrees north, the same latitude that southern New Jersey sits.
Never before since record-keeping began in 1851 has a tropical storm formed that far north in the Atlantic this early in hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Storm Bret recently held that record after developing due east of northern North Carolina in late June 1981.
When Chris took shape, it also marked the third earliest formation of the third tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin. Only during the years of 1887 and 1959 has such development occurred earlier.
Tropical storms have developed north of a latitude of 40.0 degrees, but not until August or later when the northern Atlantic waters were warmer.
It would be less surprising for a subtropical storm to take shape in the far northern Atlantic in June since subtropical storms only possess partial tropical characteristics.
Later today, the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects Chris to lose its tropical characteristic as it merges with another non-tropical storm system.
Tropical Depression Two has formed in the Atlantic and could become the next tropical storm of the season by midweek.
Steamy air will return to the interior Northeast to the Ohio Valley this week, setting the stage for severe storms on Wednesday.
After a cool spell over the Detroit area, warmer air will return to the city for the new week.
Very warm and humid air will surge back across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast for the first half of the week, but the sticky air's presence will not last long.
Severe storms will fire up Tuesday afternoon and evening, threatening outdoor activities and travel for many.
With the recent heat fading away, more relief will greet the Northwest by midweek in the form of rain.
Heat wave continues; Ft. Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls all over 100 degrees for the 30th consecutive day. El Paso had its 40th consecutive day of 100 degree plus heat.
Barrow, Alaska (1989)
Thunder reported for the first time since July 1982 (no rain fell with this so-called storm) July 1989 did go on to become the wettest July on record with more than 3 inches of rain.
Thompson, Manitoba (1990)
97 degrees -- record heat wave.