The Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season is about ready to begin while the Atlantic Hurricane Season is still a few weeks away.
Just as the days get longer and warmer, the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season will soon get underway. In another three weeks, the Atlantic Hurricane Season will commence. Both the Eastern Pacific and Atlantic tropical seasons continue through the end of November.
Already, the Eastern Pacific tropics have created a stir. A low pressure well south of Manzanillo, Mexico is producing thunderstorms. This system still doesn’t have a well-defined circulation center and upper-level winds will become too strong for development. It is moving towards the Mexico coastline and will produce more rain in southwestern Mexico through midweek.
The Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season doesn’t officially begin until May 15 but development has occurred prior to this date. In 2012, Tropical Storm Aletta was the third tropical storm on record to form before May 15.
A few noteworthy storms developed during the 2013 season. Tropical Storm Alvin tied for the second-lowest latitude (or closest to the Equator) tropical cyclone to form in the Eastern North Pacific basin during the satellite era. Hurricane Barbara became the second-earliest hurricane landfall in the Eastern Pacific since records began in 1949. It also was the easternmost recorded landfall point for an Eastern North Pacific hurricane. Meanwhile, Hurricane Manuel was responsible for 123 deaths in Mexico in mid-September.
On average, 15 to 16 tropical storms form across the basin, with the most active portion of the season being September into early October. Nine tropical storms typically become hurricanes while 4 major hurricanes with winds greater than 111 mph occur in an average year. Historically, upper-level winds tend to steer storms away from the U.S., Mexico and Central America coastlines.
Here is the list of names on the agenda for the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and continues through the end of November. In an average season there are 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. Here is the list of names that will be used for the upcoming Atlantic season.