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.
Despite weakening, Kyant will deliver localized downpours to southern India as Diwali festivities take place from Friday to Monday.
A potent storm will deliver a dose of cold rain and accumulating heavy, wet snow to parts of the northeastern United States into Friday.
As many as three storms will roll in from the Pacific Ocean and bring rounds of soaking rain and high-country snow to California from late this week to early next week.
Approximately one in 10 Americans may suffer from some degree of severe weather fear, including phobias related to extreme weather events, lightning and even clouds.
Dry weather is expected across much of Germany this weekend and will make for ideal conditions for viewing of autumn foliage or attending outdoor events.
Dry and mild weather will dominate a large part of the United States as trick-or-treaters head out the door on Monday evening, Oct. 31.
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