Jan 15, 2016

Rare January Hurricane Alex landfalls in The Azores as a tropical storm

Azores
Portugal
by
Dr. Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Tropical storm-force winds were observed in parts of The Azores Friday. Santa Maria has gusted over 50 mph and Ponta Delgada has seen gusts approach 50 mph as of early Friday.
Tropical storm-force winds were observed in parts of The Azores Friday. Santa Maria has gusted over 50 mph and Ponta Delgada has seen gusts approach 50 mph as of early Friday.

A rare January Atlantic hurricane, Alex, made landfall in The Azores early Friday as a tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center, and is now making the transition to a non-tropical low-pressure system in the northeast Atlantic Ocean...

Alex first became a hurricane in the eastern Atlantic Ocean Thursday, making it just the second hurricane on record to form in that basin during the month of January...

Alex became the strongest January hurricane on record Thursday when its winds reached an estimated 85 mph. This surpassed the 80-mph peak of both Alice and the 1938 hurricane.