Tropical Storm http://www.kunc.org en Aletta Becomes Western Hemisphere's First Tropical Storm Of 2012 http://www.kunc.org/post/aletta-becomes-western-hemispheres-first-tropical-storm-2012 Aletta — <a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_ep1.shtml?5-daynl#contents">a modest tropical storm spinning of the western coast of Mexico with 40 mph winds</a> — is already special because of two reasons: It the first tropical storm in the Western Hemisphere and it has now broken a 41-day streak in which Earth did not see a cyclone.<p>Jeff Masters at Weather Underground <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/article.html?entrynum=2093">provides a little more detail</a>:<p><blockquote><p>-- First, he says, this season is off to an early start. Tue, 15 May 2012 16:55:00 +0000 27309 at http://www.kunc.org Aletta Becomes Western Hemisphere's First Tropical Storm Of 2012