Tonight storm watchers are looking in bewilderment at Arlene, the first Tropical Storm of the 2017 Hurricane Season. Now, if you're scratching your head and saying, "Burt doesn't the hurricane season start in June!?" - you're right, it does. But, along came Arlene, and she is the first tropical storm in April since Ana in 2003.
Now, first off, Arlene poses no threat to Belize or any land mass. The storm is way out in the Atlantic ocean - 815 miles west of the Azores with maximum sustained winds estimated at 45 mph.
But this is the third consecutive year a system has formed in the Atlantic before the official June first start of the hurricane season.