In 2015 Hurricane Patricia was possibly the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, with maximum sustained winds of more than 320 km/h (200 mph).
08 September 2021
22 October 2015
By Ian Mills
Patricia was first classified a tropical depression on 20 October (Credit: Wikipedia), before slowly intensifying into a named tropical storm.
However, on 22 October, a combination of light wind shear, sea surface temperatures of more than 30 °C and high moisture levels, caused a major intensification. On 23 October, within less than 24 hours, Patricia was a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds speeds reported to be more than 320 km/h and a record low pressure of 879 hPa.
On the GOES-13 infrared image, 23 October 14:00 UTC (Figure 1), the well-defined eye can be seen as the hurricane approached the coast of Mexico.
Patricia made landfall in a significantly weakened state, though still at Category 5 intensity, near Cuixmala, Mexico. It weakened even more as it passed over the country and within 24 hours had degraded into a tropical depression.
The GOES-13 IR animation, 22 Oct 03:15 UTC–24 Oct 23:45 UTC, shows Patricia's progression from tropical storm to record-breaking hurricane until it dissipated.
Although Hurricane Patricia dissipated on 24 October, in the following days remnants of the storm affected parts of America.
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