It’s the worst time of the year. It is not enough that the hot summer has already brought 100-degree temperatures to many areas. Worse yet, it is hurricane season and hurricane season is off to an early start. June and Hurricane Season are both hardly a week old and we already have a warning from the National Hurricane Center that Tropical Storm Adrian may become the first hurricane of 2011. The good news for America is that this is no threat and the storm is off the western coast of Mexico. The bad news is that it sure looks like hurricane season is getting a much faster jump on us this year.
The National Hurricane Center has issued an alert on Tropical Storm Adrian: …ADRIAN CLOSE TO HURRICANE STRENGTH…TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR A PORTION OF THE PACIFIC COAST OF MEXICO… We would also note that the government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch for the Mexican coast from Acapulco westward to Punta San Telmo. Dow Jones reported today, “Adrian Nears Hurricane Strength Off West Coast Of Mexico.”
The most recent summary from NOAA and the NHC is as follows:
- LOCATION…12.9N 100.8W
- ABOUT 285 MI…455 KM SSW OF ACAPULCO MEXICO
- ABOUT 335 MI…540 KM S OF ZIHUATANEJO MEXICO
- MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H
- PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNW OR 335 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/H
- MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…994 MB…29.35 INCHES
All the resort operations in Mexico have had to deal with crime and fear of kidnapping (and far worse) for Western tourists as is. Nowm they get to worry about the weather.
Again, this poses no threat to America nor to any of the critical Gulf of Mexico energy infrastructure. What is not good is that this would be about two weeks early for the first named system in the eastern Pacific hurricane seasons from 1971 to 2009. Generally speaking, the National Hurricane center shows a delay of about one month for the average hurricane season in the more widely followed Atlantic region.
JON C. OGG