The eastern Pacific off the coast of Mexico and Central America continues generating tropical cyclones in what may become a season for the record books.
Just today, Thursday 30 October 2014, tropical depression #21 reached tropical storm strength and took the name of VANCE. This storm is moving generally northwest into a favorable environment off the Pacific coast of Mexico where it is forecast to become a hurricane in the next couple of days or so. Meanwhile the eastern range of the sub-basin all the way to the Gulf of Panama is populated by an aggregation of disturbed weather cells feeding into the region of the East Pacific ocean where we have seen twenty named storms so far this year.
On the other side of the landmass, over the Atlantic basin we have only had eight named storms in what so far has been a below-average 2014 hurricane season, the last one being tropical storm HANNAH, which made landfall in Nicaragua a few days ago.
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.
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
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.
Including one named tropical cyclone in the Central Pacific, so far in 2014 there have been 35 named storms in the northern Pacific.