Tropical Storm Arlene spins up in the north Atlantic — two months before the average date of the first named storm of hurricane season

Is climate change playing any role in an apparent lengthening of the hurricane season? It's way early for hurricane season to start, but that's precisely what happened yesterday with the formation of Tropical Storm Arlene in the far northern Atlantic. Brian McNoldy, a researcher at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, writing at his Tropical Atlantic Update blog, puts this into perspective: . . . this is exactly two months before the average dat