Jul 11, 2016

The Eastern Pacific is Sizzling; Nothing Cooking in the Atlantic

Pacific Ocean
by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
VIIRS visible satellite image of ex-Hurricane Blas, Hurricane Celia, and Invest 97E taken on Sunday afternoon, July 10, 2016. Image: NASA.
VIIRS visible satellite image of ex-Hurricane Blas, Hurricane Celia, and Invest 97E taken on Sunday afternoon, July 10, 2016. Image: NASA.

The Eastern Pacific, which got off to its second slowest start on record on July 2 when Tropical Storm Agatha formed, is in the midst of an extraordinary period of July activity, thanks to favorable genesis conditions created by the presence of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO.) Hurricane Blas, which reached Category 4 strength last week, but has since become post-tropical, has now been replaced by Hurricane Celia, which formed on Friday morning