Arlene kicks off season

Arlene has made landfall along Mexico's central Gulf Coast, packing peak winds of 65 m.p.h., shy of hurricane status.

Around 8 p.m. our time yesterday, Arlene was declared the first named Atlantic tropical storm of the season, with top winds of 40 m.p.h., just above the naming threshold, 39 m.p.h.

It was forecast to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain, with up to 15 inches in the mountains, and is expected to come apart in the central Mexican mountains sometime tomorrow.

The hurricane season began offiicially June 1, and the first named storm has shown up pretty much on schedule. 

The consensus outlooks are calling for an active season, but typically, the season doesn't get cooking until mid-August.

In an "average" year, of the 11 named storms, 10 occur after Aug. 1.