Hurricane Aletta grows to Category 4

A Storm Bud Intensifies At West Of The Pacific Coast Of Mexico

The satellite's GMI and DPR instruments had a good view of rainfall on Aletta's eastern side.

The first tropical storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season formed well off the coast of Mexico on Wednesday, but forecasters said it's not a threat to land. It peaked on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 miles per hour (220 kph). It boasts a lovely presence on satellite imagery, nearly perfectly symmetric and featuring a well-defined eye.

At 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC) on June 6, the center of Tropical Storm Aletta was located near latitude 14.6 degrees north and longitude 109.2 degrees west.

Meanwhile, Aletta's winds were down to 45 miles per hour (75 kph). A tropical depression is expected to form over the weekend as it moves westward off the coast of southern Mexico.

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Aletta was first named a hurricane on Thursday, June 7, which is over two weeks earlier than normal.

The season of Hurricane has just started in the Atlantic and the eastern Pacific Ocean, and it will be running through November 30th, 2018. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

Another disturbance is coming in right behind Aletta though. If this next disturbance becomes a Tropical Storm it will be named Bud. Computer models suggest moisture from this system could get drawn up into the Desert Southwest late next week feeding afternoon showers and storms.

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