2010 Pacific hurricane season

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2010 Pacific hurricane season
Season summary map
First storm formed May 29, 2010
Last storm dissipated December 21, 2010
Strongest storm Celia – 921 mbar (hPa) (27.21 inHg), 185 mph (295 km/h)
Total depressions 13
Total storms 8
Hurricanes 3
Major hurricanes (Cat. 3+) 2
Total fatalities 195+
Total damage $1.62 billion (2010 USD)
Pacific hurricane seasons
2008, 2009, 2010, After-2010

The 2010 Pacific hurricane season was the least active season since 1977, it officially started on May 15, 2010 and on June 1st for the Central Pacific and officially ended on November 30, 2010. These dates are when a storm is likely to start in 2010. The first storm of this season formed about two weeks before the first storm of 2009 did. So far, there have been five tropical depression, four of those five became a tropical storm, while only one because a hurricane. In addition, one storm, Hurricane Celia, was the second earliest category 5 hurricane on record

The first storm, Tropical Storm Agatha killed at least 196 people in Central America. No other storms in the 2010 Pacific hurricane season have affected land yet.

Storms[change | change source]

Tropical Storm Agatha[change | change source]

Tropical Storm (SSHS)
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DurationMay 29 – May 30
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

The first storm of the season started from a tropical disturbance, which is similar to a tropical wave. This tropical disturbance grew into Tropical Depression One-E on May 29.[1] Tropical Depression One quickly strengthened into a tropical storm and it was given the name "Agatha".[2] Moving toward land, Tropical Storm Agatha peak as a weak tropical storm with winds of 45 mph (75 km/h). Tropical Storm Agatha had made landfall near the Mexico and Guatemala border.[3] Agatha had quickly died over land on May 30 after moving northward.[4]

Tropical Storm Agatha killed about 146 people in Central America.[5]

Tropical Depression Two-E[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
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DurationJune 16 – June 17
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Two-E started on June 16 from a tropical wave.[6] Moving just south of the Mexican coast, winds top at 30 mph (45 km/h), which was too low for a storm to be a tropical storm. Remaining off the coast, Tropical Depression Two-E dissipated on June 17 without becoming a tropical storm.[7]

Rains from Tropical Depression Two-E caused flooding, which damage about 82 houses and affected 40 other houses near the coast. In addition, some people lost there roofs because of high winds. No people were killed by Tropical Depression Two-E.[8]

Tropical Storm Blas[change | change source]

Tropical Storm (SSHS)
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DurationJune 17 – June 21
Peak intensity65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  994 mbar (hPa)

On June 17, Tropical Depression Four-E started from an area of low pressure. Tropical Depression Four-E strengthened fast, and had become Tropical Storm Blas just one hour later. Blas became a strong tropical storm and had its highest winds at 65 mph (100 km/h) on June 19. It began to weakened slowly as it headed into colder waters. The next day, Blas weakened to a tropical depression and died the following day, June 21. Tropical Storm Blas remained far enough from land to cause no affects.

Hurricane Celia[change | change source]

Category 5 hurricane (SSHS)
Celia Jun 24 2010 2055Z.jpg Celia 2010 track.png
DurationJune 18 – June 28
Peak intensity160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min)  921 mbar (hPa)

Celia formed from an area of low pressure on June 19, and quickly strengthened into a tropical storm and then a hurricane. On June 21 Celia became a Category 2 hurricane and on June 23 strengthened further to become a Category 3 for a little while before weakening again due to bad conditions. After these bad conditions disappeared, Celia strengthened again and became a Category 5 hurricane on June 24, and the strongest storm of the season so far. However Celia moved into a part of the ocean with dry air above it and Celia weakened to a tropical storm quickly, before dying out completely. Celia was far enough away from land to not cause any damage.

Hurricane Darby[change | change source]

Category 3 hurricane (SSHS)
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DurationJune 23 – June 28
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  959 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Six-E[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
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DurationJuly 14 – July 16
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1006 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Estelle[change | change source]

Tropical Storm (SSHS)
Estelle Aug 7 2010 1810Z.jpg Estelle 2010 track.png
DurationAugust 4 – August 10
Peak intensity65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  994 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Eight-E[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Tropical Depression Eight-E Aug 20 2010.jpg 08E 2010 track.png
DurationAugust 20 – August 21
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Frank[change | change source]

Category 1 hurricane (SSHS)
Hurricane Frank 2010 off the coast of Mexico.jpg Frank 2010 track.png
DurationAugust 21 – August 28
Peak intensity90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  978 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Ten-E[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Tropical Depression Ten-E 2010-09-03 1750Z.jpg Ten-E 2010 track.png
DurationSeptember 3 – September 4
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Eleven-E[change | change source]

Tropical depression (SSHS)
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DurationSeptember 3 – September 4
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1004 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Georgette[change | change source]

Tropical Storm (SSHS)
Tropical Storm Georgette Sept 21 2010.jpg Georgette 2010 track.png
DurationSeptember 20 – September 23
Peak intensity40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  999 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Omeka[change | change source]

Tropical Storm (SSHS)
Omeka 2010-12-19 0057Z.jpg Omeka 2010 track.png
DurationDecember 18 – December 21
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Storm names[change | change source]

The following names will be used for named storms that form in East Pacific in 2010. Names that were not used are marked in gray, and names in bold are storms currently active. This list is the same as it was in the 2004 season.

  • Agatha
  • Blas
  • Celia
  • Darby
  • Estelle
  • Frank
  • Georgette
  • Howard (unused)
  • Isis (unused)
  • Javier (unused)
  • Kay (unused)
  • Lester (unused)
  • Madeline (unused)
  • Newton (unused)
  • Orlene (unused)
  • Paine (unused)
  • Roslyn (unused)
  • Seymour (unused)
  • Tina (unused)
  • Virgil (unused)
  • Winifred (unused)
  • Xavier (unused)
  • Yolanda (unused)
  • Zeke (unused)

For the central Pacific Ocean, four names are used. A central Pacific name is given if a named storm starts near Hawaii. The next four names are shown here:

  • Omeka
  • Pewa (unused)
  • Unala (unused)
  • Wali (unused)

Reference[change | change source]

  1. Stacy Stewart (May 29, 2010). "Tropical Depression One-E Special Discussion One". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
  2. Stacey Stewart and Todd Kimberlain (May 29, 2010). "Tropical Storm Agatha Discussion Two". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
  3. Lixion A. Avila and John Cangialosi (May 29, 2010). "Tropical Storm Agatha Tropical Cyclone Update". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
  4. Brown, Daniel (May 30, 2010). "Tropical Depression Agatha Public Advisory Five". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  5. "Central America storm deaths rise to 150 as int'l aid flows". Xinhua. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  6. Todd Kimberlin/Daniel Brown (6-16-2010). "Tropical Depression Two-E Discussion 1". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved June 23, 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. Daniel Brown (6-17-2010). "Tropical Depression Two-E Discussion 5". National Hurricane Center. Retrieved June 23, 2010. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. (Spanish) Oscar Rodríguez (June 17, 2010). "Más de 150 damnificados en Oaxaca por depresión tropical 2-E". Milenio. Retrieved June 23, 2010.

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Other websites[change | change source]

Tropical cyclones of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5
Note: Entries * refer to the Central Pacific System