Image of the Day: Glimpse of the First 2012 Tropical Storm

An infrared view of Tropical Storm Aletta, the first named storm of the 2012 East Pacific Hurricane Season, on Tuesday as captured by the nation's newest weather satellite, the Suomi-NPP. TS Aletta currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving due west, according to NOAA. Aletta is the first tropical storm anywhere in the world in 41 days, an incredibly long drought for tropical storms. That span was the longest the Earth has been void of a such a storm in at least 70 years.

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