Feb 8, 2016

Hurricane Patricia's 215 mph winds: A warning shot across our bow

Manzanillo, Col.
Mexico
by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Hurricane Patricia as seen by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft at 1:30 pm EDT October 23, 2015. At the time, Patricia had 205 mph sustained surface winds and a central pressure of 878 mb. Patricia had peaked at 215 mph sustained winds and a central pressure of 872 mb six hours previously. Image: NASA
Hurricane Patricia as seen by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft at 1:30 pm EDT October 23, 2015. At the time, Patricia had 205 mph sustained surface winds and a central pressure of 878 mb. Patricia had peaked at 215 mph sustained winds and a central pressure of 872 mb six hours previously. Image: NASA

In the 24-hour period ending at 2 am EDT (06 UTC) October 23, 2015, Patricia's central pressure dropped an astonishing 95 mb, to 886 mb, and the winds increased by 120 mph, to 205 mph, making Patricia the fastest-intensifying hurricane (by winds) and second-fastest intensifying hurricane (by pressure) ever observed in the Western Hemisphere