Subtropical Cyclone Alex
Category 1 subtropical cyclone (SSHS)
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Alex at its peak intensity on January 11
Formed January 10, 2016
Dissipated January 19, 2016 (extratropical after January 14)
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Highest winds 75 mph
(1-minute sustained)
Lowest pressure 982 mbar
Damages Minimal
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Areas affected Azores
Part of the
2016 Atlantic hurricane season
NOTE: While this was only a prediction, it managed to come true, in a way.

Subtropical Storm Alex was the first named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. It was very unusual due to the fact that it existed in January during a Very Strong El Nino event. It also was unusual due to the fact that it briefly acquired hurricane-force winds, becoming a very rare "subtropical hurricane".

Meteorological History

On January 7, the NHC began monitoring an extratropical cyclone located off the southeastern coast of the United States. The low pressure area took a northeastern track, but turned to the southeast on January 9. By now, forecasters gave the system a 60% chance of subtropical cyclogenesis. On January 10, the NHC issued its first advisory for Subtropical Storm Alex at 10:00 AM with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Intensification occurred thereafter, with Alex briefly acquriing hurricane-force winds on January 11. However, afterwards, Alex started to weaken due to cooler waters and increasing wind shear. On January 14, Alex became extratropical. Alex's remnants moved across much of the Atlantic for several days before completely dissipating on January 19.