Hurricane Patricia was just incredible...
Yesterday was quite the amazing day in weather. Hurricane Patricia went from a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane with 200 mile per hour winds in just 24 hours. Not only that but Patricia pressure dropped 100 millibars in just 24 hours. If you don't know what that means do you know when we talk about nor'easter "bombing" out. A meteorological bomb is when a storm drops 24 millibars in 24 hours. Patricia took bombing out to the next level.
This broke all kinds of records like fastest intensification of a tropical cyclone and strongest tropical cyclone in the western Hemisphere.
How did this happen? Hurricanes are fueled by warm ocean waters. Waters off the coast of Mexico are usually quite warm but this year they were even warmer than normal. Not only that but the wind shear actually helped Patricia develop instead of hurting it.
Patricia weakened a bit before landfall going from a 200 mph hurricane with gusts to 235 mph to a 185 mph with gusts to 205 mph.
With a hurricane of this power a catastrophe beyond imaginable was bound to happen right? Nope. Amazingly nobody was killed from Patricia and damage was localized. Hours before landfall Patricia's wind field shrunk dramatically. Therefore, only the towns that were a couple miles within the landfall point had serious damage. Out of that 10 mile radius there was damage but winds weren't strong enough to cause any type of destruction.
This is a miracle for such a powerful hurricane and I am so happy that nobody was killed. Below are some pictures of Patricia off the Mexican coast at its peak strength.
The hurricane almost reminds me of Wilma with its rapid intensification and its pinhole eye.
As for our weather we will have some showers tonight and tomorrow morning. Other than that the weather through Tuesday looks nice and Fall-Like with highs in the 50s and low 60s.
Some of the moisture from Patricia will visit us Wednesday through Thursday with rain heavy at times.
Friday there could be some showers.
As for Halloween trick or treating the weather should cooperate. It will be rather chilly with temperatures in the 40s for most people. There will be a chance for some drizzle or a shower especially early. In northern areas there could even be a flurry.
I will have a Halloween forecast graphic out tomorrow. Be sure to check out my winter forecast on the seasonal forecast page and follow my twitter!