As quickly as it started, it ended.
Tropical Storm Calvin, first named only on Monday afternoon and the third named storm so far in the Eastern Pacific hurricane season, officially dissipated on Tuesday over southwestern Mexico, but not before unleashing major rainfall totals in this part of the country.
Nearly 10 inches of rain were reported in parts of Mexico’s Oaxaca state in the southwest corner of the country, and heavy rains plagued the popular resort town of Acapulco along with Guerrero and Chiapas states as well, with 5-to-6 inches of rain reported in each of those states. Even with Calvin’s classification as a tropical system having ended on Tuesday, heavy rainfall from the system’s remnants could cause major problems in the coming days, and likely in many of the same areas that saw rain from Calvin’s initial soaking Monday and Tuesday.
Conagua, Mexico’s national weather service, is calling for up to 10 inches of additional rainfall in many of the hard-hit locations, leading to the possibility of life-threatening mudslides and flooding.
With Calvin, the Eastern Pacific has now produced three named storms so far this season, making it an active start. In the average season, the Eastern Pacific will see its third-named storm on July 5th.
An additional area of low pressure may form in the northwestern Caribbean later this week, partially linked to Calvin’s remnants, leading to heavy rain chances in the Yucatan Peninsula and potentially extending into the Gulf of Mexico and/or the Bay of Campeche. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring this area of low pressure for possible tropical development. Interests in these areas should keep a particularly close watch and avoid areas that may be flood or mudslide prone.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi