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First tropical depression of season forms in Atlantic

First tropical depression of season forms in Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center in Miami forecasts the tropical depression to dissipate by Thursday night or Friday.

Tropical Depression One in the far central Atlantic Ocean continues to look very disorganized and weak, and the characteristics that make this storm even mentionable remain questionable this afternoon.

But in a twist, the system turned fully tropical today with a more symmetric grouping of thunderstorms and 35 mph winds - four miles below tropical storm status.

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Technically, subtropical systems have their strongest winds further from the center and don't have a fully warm core.

According to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, there has only been one April tropical cyclone in the Atlantic from 1851 to 2016.

A tropical storm has winds ranging from 39 to 73 miles per hour that rotate around a well-organized center that contains showers and thunderstorms. It now poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said.

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The storm poses no threat to land.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officials goes from June 1 to November 30.

The first named storm of the year in the Atlantic will be Arlene.

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