2018-06-08 18:00:21 UTC
Date SST off EUS Comment
(C rel ~1980s)
^^ blip -.22C maybe storm due ~07 Jun; max prec ~4"
^^ blip -.26C maybe strong storm due ~13 Jun; max prec ~8"
^^ blip -.20C maybe storm due ~14 Jun
^^^ blip -.23C maybe storm due ~15 Jun
The 3 sudden drops in SST (over region about 25,000 km2 upto 500 km off
the W coast) in succession seem to signify something more than the usual
incoming ocean storm.
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Hurricane Aletta Rapidly Intensifies Into a Category 4 Hurricane, the
First Major Hurricane in the Western Hemisphere in 2018
* Why Some Hurricanes Rapidly Intensify, While Others Do Not
* Why Tropical Waves Are Important During Hurricane Season
08 Jun 2018 11:00 AM EDT
* Hurricane Aletta rapidly intensified to Category 4 intensity.
* Fortunately, Aletta is no direct threat to land.
Another area of low pressure to the east will likely also become a
named storm by this weekend.
The future of this second system is still somewhat uncertain regarding
potential land impact next week.
Some outer impacts such as high surf, rip currents, and bands of rain
may affect the coast, regardless.
Hurricane Aletta has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane,
the first major hurricane of the 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane
season, while another area off the Mexican coast is expected to become
the second named storm by this weekend or early next week.
Aletta is centered just under 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja
In just 24 hours, Aletta went from a tropical storm to a Category 4
hurricane, doubling its maximum sustained winds (70 mph to 140 mph) by
the 9 a.m. MDT Fri National Hurricane Center advisory.
Infrared satellite imagery now shows a distinct, 20-mile diameter eye,
with deep convection surrounding it.
Aletta may gain a bit more intensity before the combination of
increased wind shear and decreasing ocean heat content take their
Fortunately, a dome of high pressure aloft over northern Mexico is
steering Aletta away from the Mexican coast on a general
west-northwest track the next several days.
To the east of Aletta, another area of low pressure, a tropical wave,
is given high odds by the NHC to develop into at least a tropical
depression this weekend south of the Mexican Riviera.
If it eventually becomes a tropical storm, it would earn the name Bud.
Quantifying long-term changes in carbon stocks and forest structure
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recovered faster than attributes of canopy structure that are critical
for biodiversity in tropical forests, including the abundance of tall
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