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System 91L, the April tropical storm that wasn't

FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:

The new hurricane season opens in 3 1/2 weeks, and we’ve heard forecasters calling for an “active” summer and fall.

What many of us missed, though, was the tropical low that spun up April 20 northeast of Puerto Rico. Forecasters gave it a 20 percent chance of becoming the 2011 season’s first named storm.

Dubbed System 91L, it displayed strong thunderstorms, moderate rainfall, gale-force winds and 10- to 15-foot seas. Three days later it had fizzled, torn apart by wind shear.  

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