By Renee Duff AccuWeather Meteorologist
Satellite image showing the current position of the subtropical storm Andrea, the first designated storm of the Atlantic hurricane 2019 season, officially on 1 January. June begins.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced on Monday that the first storm of the Atlantic Ocean season of 2019 was formed hundreds of miles southwest of Bermuda. It was named Andrea and was classified by the NHC as a subtropical storm.
"Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the low pressure system located several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda has developed a well-defined center of maximum duration winds of approximately 40 miles per hour," the NHC said in an advisory.
AccuWeather meteorologists have been monitoring the low-pressure system since last week, which largely exists as an area with showers and thunderstorms. On Monday it moved to the north of the Bahamas as it gained in strength, causing the NHC to send the plane to investigate the storm.
AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski emphasized that while the storm is strong enough to get a name, it's not an impressive weather system.
"This is going to be a very short-lived storm," Kottlowski said. "It will probably not survive longer than Tuesday night and will definitely move away from Bermuda." Kottlowski said that cool water temperatures would be the fall of the storm. He said that the water temperatures in the Atlantic, where Andrea moves above him, are about 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 ° C), and when the storm blows to the northwest, the water he encounters only gets cooler.
According to the NHC's prognosis, Andrea is likely to do so. Early Wednesday morning, it weakens before it even reaches Bermuda. "The effects [to Bermuda] will be gusty winds, short heavy rains, and rough surf," Kottlowski said. Anyone who runs a ship in the area should be extra careful, but Kottlowksi said that this storm would not be a big event for Bermuda. "They have worse winter storms than this will be," he added.
Kottlowksi also advised not to read too much about what this meant for the rest of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin. "Such a development in the early season is not an indication of what the rest of the hurricane season will bring, especially as it is a weak storm," he said, the next tropical storm developing in the Atlantic is called Barry.
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NOAA already recorded satellite images of the rising storm on Monday, trying to organize itself.
#GOESEast observed a disruption across the western Atlantic that may become a short-lived subtropical or tropical cyclone until this evening or Tuesday. In this case, it is unlikely to evolve as soon as it encounters a cold front. https://t.co/6MlHd5kLVH pic.twitter.com/uXb1f5rS7M
– NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) May 20, 2019
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