Hurricane Fernanda and Tropical Storm Greg Roll on in the East Pacific


Tropical Storm Greg and Hurricane Fernanda formed over the weekend- both pose no meaningful threat to land.

Hurricane Fernanda

Hurricane Fernanda formed on Saturday Afternoon and rapidly intensified on Sunday becoming a major hurricane Sunday afternoon with winds currently 125 mph and a pressure of 959 millibars. Fernanda may intensify further into a category 4 hurricane in the next day or so before it begins to weaken as it moves to the West and then northwest. Fernanda should weaken to a tropical storm by late Wednesday and die by the end of the working week. Fernanda follows in the footsteps of Hurricane Dora which strolled across the Eastern and Central Pacific as a strong major hurricane last week, however it is exceedingly unlikely Fernanda treks into the Central Pacific.

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National Hurricane Center cone on Hurricane Fernanda showcasing general weakening of the storm as it drifts to the West over the coming days.


Tropical Storm Greg

As for tropical storm Greg, Greg formed on Sunday evening and had sustained winds up to 40 mph. As for the forecast, the forecast should keep Greg as a tropical storm as it moves south of Hawaii and dissipate in the Central Pacific by Friday. In an ironic twist, Greg formed from 99E, named such as the storm formed only .2 degrees East from the Central Pacific cut-off line of 140 degrees West, leaving the name Hone to fall to another system at a later date. By recency, Greg looks to follow the approximate path of Hurricane Dora, skirting the cooled waters left in Dora’s wake.

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National Hurricane Center cone for Tropical Storm Greg.

To the East, there is an Invest that is expected to form in the East Pacific by the end of the week, and the NHC currently gives the system a 90% chance of doing so by Friday and a 50% chance of it doing so by Wednesday.

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