Subtropical Storm Ana formed overnight over the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Bermuda. Subtropical storms have some tropical characteristics but are not true tropical storms in their structure. Ana is the first storm of 2021, which is expected to be another active year. This is the seventh year in a row that at least one named storm has developed before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Ana is expected to move towards the northeast and is not expected to affect land.

If you are interested in this trend towards earlier named storms, you might want to check out Brian McNoldy’s hurricane blog, which shows that while the first named storm of the year is tending to come earlier, it does not mean the first hurricane of the season is also coming earlier.

Source: Brian McNoldy