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11.18.13 Melissa Forms in Atlantic

Subtropical storm Melissa forms in the Atlantic.
Early this morning, Subtropical Storm Melissa formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the 13th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November 30.

A subtropical storm simply means the storm's core is cool. Over the next few days the storm's core will warm, meaning it's likely to become a tropical storm. The rain and wind associated with the storm tend to consolidate when that happens too. Melissa will not impact land as it moves north this week.

So far this season has been fairly quiet. The total number of storms is slightly above the average of 11, but just two of those named storms have become hurricanes. The average is 6. None of those hurricanes have become major. Typically two major hurricanes develop.
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