Friday, October 23, 2015

Patricia Strengthens To Category 5 Hurricane

Hurricane Patricia (visible image above from 1430 UTC) has strengthened overnight and is now a remarkably intense hurricane. The following information is from the NHC morning discussion today:

Data from three center fixes by the Hurricane Hunters 
indicate that the intensity, based on a blend of 700 
mb-flight level and SFMR-observed surface winds, is near 
175 kt.  

This makes Patricia the strongest hurricane on record in 
the National Hurricane Center's area of responsibility 
(AOR) which includes the Atlantic and the eastern North 
Pacific basins.  The minimum central pressure estimated 
from the aircraft data, 880 mb, is the lowest ever for
our AOR.  It seems incredible that even more 
strengthening could occur before landfall later today....

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