TITLE

Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Season of 2008

AUTHOR(S)
Blake, Eric S.; Pasch, Richard J.
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Monthly Weather Review;Mar2010, Vol. 138 Issue 3, p705
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The hurricane season of 2008 in the eastern North Pacific basin is summarized, and the individual tropical cyclones are described. Official track and intensity forecasts of these cyclones are also evaluated. The 2008 eastern North Pacific season was relatively quiet, with overall activity at about 75% of the long-term median. A total of 16 tropical storms formed, of which 7 became hurricanes and 2 became major hurricanes. One hurricane, one tropical storm, and two tropical depressions made landfall in Mexico, causing eight direct deaths in that country along with significant property damage. In addition, Tropical Storm Alma was the first tropical cyclone on record to make landfall along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. On average, the official track forecasts in the eastern Pacific for 2008 were quite skillful and set records for accuracy from 1 to 3 days. However, no appreciable improvement in mean intensity forecast skill was noted.
ACCESSION #
52008981

 

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