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First Tropical Depression in 2020 in Eastern Pacific

25 Apr 2020, 9:00 pm

We officially have our first tropical depression of 2020, kicking off the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season on April 25.  The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has found a well-defined center and winds as of 9 PM PT were at 35 mph as it moves to the northwest at 8 mph.  According to the NHC, “This marks the earliest formation of a tropical cyclone in the eastern North Pacific basin since the satellite era began in 1966.”

The chances of it strengthening into a tropical storm remain low, as the current forecast track would keep it as a tropical depression on Sunday, weakening back into a low by the end of the weekend.

Although the storm getting a name is unlikely, here is a list of the names to be used in the 2020 season:

Eastern Pacific Hurricane season doesn’t climatologically begin until May 15, so this is a bit early, but not entirely out of the ordinary for the basin.

The Atlantic season begins on June 1. The season in both basins lasts until the end of November. Stay with WeatherNation for updates throughout the entire tropical season.

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