And So It Begins: We Have Our First Tropical Depression of the Year

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There comes a time every May where the days start to get a little longer, the temperatures start to get a little hotter and our eyes turn to those big bodies of water flanking us that we've been ignoring the last few months. Hurricane season may start June 1, but the truth is hurricanes form when they damn well please.

If you had May 15 in your "Day the First Tropical Depression Forms" office pool, then it's time to celebrate because right now in the Pacific, there's a storm brewing.

Named Tropical Depression One-E (we assume the E stands for emo; it is a depression, after all), the storm formed earlier today in the Pacific and while it isn't exactly setting the world on fire, it did give the Weather Channel a good excuse to bust out a bright red alert banner at the top of its homepage.

Current projections for the storm have it growing and becoming Tropical Storm Alvin (not to be confused with Tropical Storm Andrea, which will be the name of the first storm in the Atlantic), with the potential to become a hurricane. Sounds scary, but the good news is that right now, forecasters expect it to move away from land.

Are we really talking about hurricanes already? Well, yes, but we all knew that no amount of late spring cold fronts could hold off the summer and hurricane season forever. If nothing else, let Alvin be a reminder that now is the time to make sure you're ready if a hurricane heads your way.

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