A rare April tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Arlene developed on Thursday far out in the Atlantic, and is no threat to land.

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Winds are 45 miles-per-hour, and Arlene is expected to dissipate on Friday.

Arlene is only the second April tropical storm to develop since the birth of the weather satellite era.  Before satellites, tropical storms this of year would have been nearly impossible to detect.

Hurricane season doesn't officially begin in the Atlantic Ocean until June 1.

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