The official start of the eastern Pacific hurricane season is May 15, but the first tropical system of the year has already formed.
An area of showers and thunderstorms rapidly organized on Tuesday, becoming the earliest tropical depression and tropical storm on record in the eastern Pacific Ocean since reliable data began in 1966. The previous record for the earliest tropical depression was on May 12, 1990. This depression strengthened to Tropical Storm Alma on May 14.
“With water temperatures off western Central America above normal and relatively low wind shear, conditions will be conducive for further strengthening,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.
As a result, Adrian is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane prior to threatening land.
While the storm is currently located well off the coast of Mexico and Central America and moving west-northwest, a northward turn is expected later this week.
This turn to the north will bring the strengthening cyclone closer to the coast of southern Mexico this weekend and early next week.
“The most likely area to endure significant impacts from this system extends from southern Mexico to Guatemala,” said AccuWeather senior Meteorologist Rob Miller.
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