2014 East Pacific: It’s 17 and counting!

Projected track for tropical storm RACHEL as of 25 September 2014 (courtesy of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory based on NOAA data)
Projected track for tropical storm RACHEL as of 25 September 2014 (courtesy of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory based on NOAA data)

Tropical storm RACHEL, the seventeenth-named tropical cyclone of the 2014 East Pacific hurricane season is now active off the coast of Mexico, moving NW and expected to make a gradual turn to the north and eventually the northeast toward, yet again, Baja California.

Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) of 25 September 2014 showing tropical storm RACHEL off the Pacific coast of central Mexico
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image (NOAA) of 25 September 2014 showing tropical storm RACHEL off the Pacific coast of central Mexico

The 2014 East Pacific hurricane season is already the 3rd busiest of record in the 158 years that we have been keeping track of cyclonic activity in this basin. It is possible that the 2014 season may continue to break records, as there continue to be considerable disturbed weather activity in the region from central/southern Mexico to the Gulf of Panama off the coast of Central America

Projected track for tropical storm KAMMURI as of 25 September 2014 (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory based on NOAA data)
Projected track for tropical storm KAMMURI as of 25 September 2014 (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory based on NOAA data)

Ten thousand kilometers to the west of Tropical Storm RACHEL’s  current location, in the extreme Northwest Pacific between the northern Philippines and Taiwan, Tropical Storm KAMMURI the seventeenth-named storm of 2014 in that basin is moving generally NNW and strengthening.

Color-enhanced infrared satellite image of 25 September 2014 over the northwest Pacific Ocean showinh tropical storm KAMMURI
Color-enhanced infrared satellite image of 25 September 2014 over the northwest Pacific Ocean showing tropical storm KAMMURI

Including one named tropical cyclone in the Central Pacific, so far in 2014 there have been 35 named storms in the northern Pacific.