The rare January subtropical storm Alex was upgraded to a hurricane Thursday.
In an update on the storm, the National Hurricane Center actually pointed out it was the center's off season for tropical weather outlooks.
Alex is rare, but not entirely unprecedented. (Video via The Weather Channel)
The National Hurricane Center said this is the first January hurricane to form since 1938.
Earlier this week, another weather milestone was reached when Pali became the earliest hurricane ever to form in the central Pacific.
A meteorologist at The Washington Post said El Nino and climate warming could play a role in both cyclones.
This video includes an image from David Stanley / CC BY 2.0.