Hurricane Howard off the Baja California peninsula – August 8, 2022


After a slow start, Howard has intensified fairly rapidly and has pulled off the feat of hurricane status as it moves away from Socorro Island and passes well away from Baja California. The storm is likely to be peaking shortly and has a photogenic appearance, with a broad eye having opened up earlier today. Cloud tops are mediocre, probably owing to the storm’s higher latitude and decreasing sea surface temperatures – an issue that will result in Howard’s demise in a few days. The main question from computer model outputs is how quickly Howard will weaken when the trend begins. Nonetheless, the storm is expected to die out in typical fashion over the colder waters of the Eastern Pacific.

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