Tell me it isn’t so! We started the hurricane season in May with one of the strongest and earliest storms on record and now we seem set to end the season on the same note, with soon to be Hurricane Sandra coming way too close for comfort. I don’t know about you but I just finished clearing all the weeds from my yard after the many summer rains and was looking forward to increasingly cooler and drier weather. We will know more in the next 24-48 hours, but it looks like Sandra is going to impact our area going into the Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you very much, I’ll have a hurricane with my turkey!
This from Weather Underground’s Jeff Masters:
Tropical Storm Sandra formed on Tuesday morning in the record-warm Pacific waters off the south coast of Mexico, about 570 miles south of Manzanillo. Sandra joins last week’s Tropical Storm Rick as one of the latest-forming tropical storms in the history of the Eastern Pacific. Since accurate records began in 1949 (with higher-quality satellite records beginning in 1971), the Eastern Pacific has seen only six tropical storms form after November 18: December 5, 1983 (Winnie), November 27, 1971 (Sharon), November 27, 1951 (Unnamed), November 24, 2015 (Sandra), November 20, 2011 (Kenneth), and November 19, 2015 (Rick). None of these storms hit land. If Sandra hits land, it will be the latest landfalling Eastern Pacific storm on record… If Sandra does reach Category 2 strength, it will be the strongest Eastern Pacific hurricane known to exist so late in the year. All of the six cyclones above were tropical storms or Category 1 hurricanes except for Kenneth, which hit Category 4 strength on November 24, 2011. Kenneth is the latest-occurring major hurricane in Eastern Pacific records.