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2012 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season Opens

By May 14, 2012

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Yes...it's that time of year again! Tomorrow kicks off the first day of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season. Even at this early date, the waters are already teeming with convective activity. The above is a satellite image of an area of disturbed weather roughly 600 miles (966 km) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. The system has become better organized over the last 24 hours and stands a 60% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next 2 days, advises the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

In another few weeks, the other basin monitored by NHC officials, the Atlantic, will fire up. Hurricanes occurring in the central Pacific share a June 1 season start with that of the Atlantic, but monitoring responsibilities for these storms falls under NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC). All three seasons share a close date of November 30.

Image credit: NASA

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