8 YEARS AGO TODAY – APRIL’S ONLY TROPICAL STORM IN ATLANTIC!

A multi-channel AVHRR satellite image of Tropical Storm ANA on April 21, 2003. Courtesy of Applied Physics Research Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

In 2003, ocean swells from Tropical Storm ANA capsized a boat along the Florida coast that caused 2 fatalities. It was far out in the Atlantic, only brushing Bermuda with high winds. Being an out-of-season tropical storm, ANA was short-lived and within a few days it succombed to a cold front from the north and upper level wind shear.

Today, in 2011, a low pressure in the Atlantic is centered 460 miles northeast of Puerto Rico; but it is unlikely to become a tropical storm. It should drift briefly northwestward over the open Atlantic before high pressure from the north squeezes it southward which will cause it to dissipate by the weekend.

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