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NHC: Reassessment Concludes First Cyclone of 2023 Happened in January

The National Hurricane Center has not given it a name, but it has been assigned the following ID - AL012023.

Miami - Friday May 12, 2023: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has concluded that a subtropical storm that formed in the Atlantic basin off the northeastern U.S. coast in mid-January will be designated as the first cyclone of the 2023 Atlantic season.

The storm didn't last long, and it never made landfall, but circulation within the low pressure system prompted forecasters at the National Hurricane Center to issue a tropical outlook for it on January 16.

An update on the storm issued by the NHC on Thursday states - "Through the course of typical re-assessment of weather systems in the National Hurricane Center's (NHC) area of responsibility, NHC hurricane specialists have determined that an area of low pressure that formed off the northeastern coast of the United States in mid-January should be designated as a subtropical storm."

It has not been given a name, but the NHC has given it a system ID which is -AL012023. AL for Atlantic; 01 meaning it is the first cyclone; and 2023 is the year.

NHC says that additional information in support of the subtropical storm designation will be released in "the next few months" in a Tropical Cyclone Report.

The next system that forms in the Atlantic basin this year will be - AL022023. If it begins as a tropical depression, it will referred to as 'Tropical Depression Two'. If it then becomes a tropical storm, it would be given the name 'Arlene'.

The official start of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane season is June 1.