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TS Bertha forms off African coast--and sets a new record

The Atlantic's second tropical storm of the season has just formed off the coast of Africa. It's track doesn't look like it'll hit any land masses, so it'll just be fun satellite entertainment, heh. Hundreds of storms move off the African coast every year, but this one is special. According to Dr. Jeff Masters at Weather Underground, Tropical Storm Bertha marks "the farthest east a tropical storm has ever formed in the Atlantic so early in the season. It is also the farthest east a tropical storm has formed in the month of July."

It's also a busy day for tropical storms across the board--this morning there were six storms or depressions across the Pacific and Atlantic. That's a lot.
(Image: Weather Underground)