Many people are expecting an unusual weather year mostly due to ocean temperatures being high. The Pacific is supposed to get well more than the Atlantic for named storms but an Invest just popped up off the East coast of the US. At least the Weather Underground labeled it as a Invest but no number yet.
The Atlantic hurricane season doesn't start until the end of May so the National Hurricane Center may not become active even with an early storm. On our Pacific side we have two more weeks before the season starts. Tracking storms is interesting and exciting but you can end up very sorry when they land on your doorstep. Let's hope this year is not too crazy.
The first week of May is usually too early for the Atlantic to see its first named storm, but that is a possibility this year, according to the Friday morning runs of the GFS and European models. These models predict that an extratropical storm will form along an old cold frontal boundary over the Bahama Islands just east of the coast of Florida on Tuesday, then drift slowly northwards towards North Carolina during the week. Ocean temperatures are near 26°C (79°F), which is about 1.7°C (3°F) above average for this time of year, and just at the limit of where a tropical storm can form.
An Atlantic Named Storm Coming for the First Week of May?