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Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season Officially Underway

epac names Hurricane season is officially underway in one part of the world that’s been particularly active over the last few years.

The Eastern Pacific Ocean’s hurricane season began on Sunday, a little over two weeks before the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane season begins on June 1st.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida was keeping an eye on a disturbance about a thousand miles south-southwest of the Baja California peninsula of Mexico. As of Sunday evening, the NHC gave the disturbance a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within five days.

On average, the Eastern Pacific gets 15 named storms and eight hurricanes per season, although the last two years have been especially active. Last season, the Eastern Pacific saw 18 storms and 13 hurricanes, including Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful Pacific hurricane on record.

Mexico’s Servicio Meteorologico Nacional has predicted an above average season in the Eastern Pacific, with 17 named storms and nine hurricanes this season. A waning El Nino, or above average sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific, is likely to keep tropical activity in the region active once again.

Stay with WeatherNation through hurricane season and be sure to be prepared.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Cover photo: File photo

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