A few days before Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on Thursday, a second system could already be taking shape on the Eastern Pacific side of things.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has given an area of low pressure off the western Central American coastline a 60 percent chance of development in the next five days. The disturbance is currently slowly drifting north off the far southwestern Mexican coastline, near Acapulco. As it does so, it’s expected to gradually gain strength and potentially become Tropical Storm Beatriz later this week.
Beatriz would already make it the second storm of the Eastern Pacific season after Tropical Storm Adrian formed around the same area briefly earlier this month.
At this point, the system appears to pose no threat to land. That said, shipping interests in the eastern Pacific should monitor this system particularly closely, and interests along the western Mexican coastline should as well.
Typically, the Eastern Pacific is more active earlier in hurricane season, with the official start of Eastern Pacific’s season on May 15, as opposed to the Atlantic’s official June 1 start date. The NHC’s forecast for the Eastern Pacific season calls for a slightly above average year, with 14-20 named storms, 6-11 hurricanes and 3-7 major hurricanes currently forecast.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi