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Sandra Now Strongest Storm This Late in the Season

25 Nov 2015, 10:55 am

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Sandra has rapidly intensified to a Category 3 major hurricane. This development makes it the strongest hurricane in the eastern Pacific this late in the year. It is the 19th named storm of the 2015 hurricane season in the eastern Pacific, which ends November 30.

Sandra’s maximum winds increased to 115 mph and the storm is expected to stay a major hurricane through early Thursday. Weakening is expected late Thursday as it makes a turn towards the Baja Peninsula. By Saturday morning, Sandra could weaken back to a tropical storm and make landfall near the tip of Baja.

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Meteorologists with the National Hurricane Center said, “Interests in southern portions of the Baja California Peninsula should monitor the progress of Sandra. Tropical storm or hurricane watches may be required for portions of this area later today [Wednesday].”

Hurricane Sandra Viewed From NASA/NOAA GOES Project Satellite

This animation of infrared and visible imagery from NOAA’s GOES-West satellite over the period of Nov. 23 through 25 shows Post-tropical Storm Rick fading west of Baja California, while Hurricane Sandra moves up along the west-central Mexican coast on Nov. 24 and 25. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

NASA’s GPM Looks at Then Newborn, Late Season Eastern Pacific Tropical Storm Sandra

On Nov. 24, GPM saw intense convective storms south of the tropical storm’s center of circulation were dropping rain at a rate of over 80 mm (3.1 inches) per hour. Cloud tops reached heights above 16 km (9.9 miles). Credit: SSAI/NASA/JAXA, Hal Pierce

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Monica Cryan

(Headline Image– NOAA’s GOES-West satellite view of Hurricane Sandra in infrared light on Nov. 25 at 0600 UTC (1 a.m. EST). Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project)

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