Published: July 7,2017
Tropical Depression Four formed in the Atlantic Ocean late Wednesday night, adding to what's been an odd start to the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, but it dissipated two days later.
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The tropical depression did not impact land and dissipated in the central Atlantic due to dry air entrapment and upper-level wind shear.
Current Storm Status
Continuing a Fast Start to the Season
Origin points of all July named storms in the Atlantic Basin since 1950.While the majority of July tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin have formed in the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, a number of storms have also formed between the Lesser Antilles and Africa.
However, there are relatively few that have formed as far east as where Tropical Depression Four developed.
Interestingly, since 1950, there have been only six systems that became tropical depressions east of the Lesser Antilles in the first half of July which later became hurricanes. Bertha in 2008 was the last system to do so.
Just a couple weeks ago, Tropical Storm Bret formed east of the Windward Islands, at an unusually low latitude for June.
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This is a good time to make sure you have a plan in case a hurricane threatens. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes has an excellent site that can help you make a hurricane plan.
Check back with us at weather.com for the latest on Tropical Depression Four.
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