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Hurricane Amanda the most potent May storm

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Amanda became the strongest May eastern Pacific hurricane on record Sunday morning as peak winds approached that of a Category 5 hurricane.

 

Amanda’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 155 mph and its central pressure dropped to 932 millibars by 11 a.m. PDT Sunday, meaning Amanda was a very powerful Category 4 hurricane.

 

Amanda has weakened some from its peak strength, now a Category 3 storm, and continues to move slowly northward over the eastern Pacific.

 

Adolph from 2001 originally held the distinction of strongest May hurricane in the basin. At the peak of Adolph’s intensity, the central pressure bottomed out at 940 millibars and winds were nearly 145 mph.

 

Amanda is also the earliest Category 4 hurricane in the eastern Pacific, ahead of Hurricane Adolph in 2001, and the second earliest major eastern Pacific hurricane on record, behind Hurricane Bud in 2012.

 

It is unusual, in terms of climatology, to have a minimal hurricane form in the eastern Pacific in May, let alone a strong Category 4 hurricane.

 

There has never been a Category 5 hurricane in the eastern Pacific during May.

 

The warm ocean waters and a lack of strong wind shear (disruptive winds above the surface) allowed Amanda to undergo rapid intensification over the weekend. Amanda was first classified as a tropical depression Thursday afternoon.

 

A general weakening trend is expected to continue through the middle of the week as Amanda heads northward into stronger wind shear and cooler water.

 

Amanda will remain over the open waters of the eastern Pacific, posing no direct threat to land. However, moisture from the storm could be drawn into northern Mexico, and perhaps as far north as the Southwest U.S. leading to enhanced thunderstorm activity later in the week.

 

Amanda is just the start of what is likely to be a busy hurricane season in the eastern Pacific.

 

With the onset of El Niño this summer, the meteorologists expect above-normal tropical activity in the eastern Pacific this season.

 

“The western part of the Caribbean Sea is a favored area for early season tropical activity in the Atlantic basin and there is a chance a non-tropical system dips southward in this area late in the month, which could allow for some development.

Amanda became the strongest May eastern Pacific hurricane on record Sunday morning as peak winds approached that of a Category 5 hurricane.

 

Amanda’s maximum sustained winds increased to near 155 mph and its central pressure dropped to 932 millibars by 11 a.m. PDT Sunday, meaning Amanda was a very powerful Category 4 hurricane.

 

Amanda has weakened some from its peak strength, now a Category 3 storm, and continues to move slowly northward over the eastern Pacific.

 

Adolph from 2001 originally held the distinction of strongest May hurricane in the basin. At the peak of Adolph’s intensity, the central pressure bottomed out at 940 millibars and winds were nearly 145 mph.

 

Amanda is also the earliest Category 4 hurricane in the eastern Pacific, ahead of Hurricane Adolph in 2001, and the second earliest major eastern Pacific hurricane on record, behind Hurricane Bud in 2012.

 

It is unusual, in terms of climatology, to have a minimal hurricane form in the eastern Pacific in May, let alone a strong Category 4 hurricane.

 

There has never been a Category 5 hurricane in the eastern Pacific during May.

 

The warm ocean waters and a lack of strong wind shear (disruptive winds above the surface) allowed Amanda to undergo rapid intensification over the weekend. Amanda was first classified as a tropical depression Thursday afternoon.

 

A general weakening trend is expected to continue through the middle of the week as Amanda heads northward into stronger wind shear and cooler water.

 

Amanda will remain over the open waters of the eastern Pacific, posing no direct threat to land. However, moisture from the storm could be drawn into northern Mexico, and perhaps as far north as the Southwest U.S. leading to enhanced thunderstorm activity later in the week.

 

Amanda is just the start of what is likely to be a busy hurricane season in the eastern Pacific.

 

With the onset of El Niño this summer, the meteorologists expect above-normal tropical activity in the eastern Pacific this season.

 

“The western part of the Caribbean Sea is a favored area for early season tropical activity in the Atlantic basin and there is a chance a non-tropical system dips southward in this area late in the month, which could allow for some development.


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