Nov 19, 2015

Late-season Tropical Storm Rick forms in Eastern Pacific

Washington, WV
Great Plains, West Hale, KS
Colorado
Boulder, CO
Nunavut
USA,
Canada
by
Bob Henson and Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Eastbound traffic lanes, right, on Interstate 90 are dampened by wind-driven waves from the south as the floating bridge calms Lake Washington to the north, left, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Image credit: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson.
Eastbound traffic lanes, right, on Interstate 90 are dampened by wind-driven waves from the south as the floating bridge calms Lake Washington to the north, left, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Seattle. Image credit: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson.

Tropical Storm Rick formed on Thursday morning in the record-warm Pacific waters off the southwest coast of Mexico, becoming one of the latest-forming tropical storms in the history of the Eastern Pacific. Since accurate records began in 1949 (with higher-quality satellite records beginning in 1971), the Eastern Pacific has seen only four tropical storms form after November 18: December 5, 1983 (Winnie), November 27, 1971 (Sharon), November 27, 1951 (Unnamed), and November 20, 2011 (Kenneth.) None of these storms hit land. Rick is also not expected to hit land.