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Chinook

2018 E. Pacific Hurricane Season

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With the first named storm, Aletta, now we have rapid intensification to a category 4 storm where nobody was expecting it.

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The remarkable intensification of Aletta has continued through this
morning.  The eye has become clear and at times has been
surrounded by a closed ring of cloud tops colder than -70 deg C.
The initial intensity of 120 kt is based on a blend of subjective
and objective Dvorak estimates.  It is noteworthy that the
intensity of Aletta has increased by an estimated 60 kt in just 24
hours since yesterday morning.

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Hurricane Bud peaked at 115 kt, as of the early-morning NHC discussion. Here is the satellite image that best represents Bud's maximum intensity (midnight, Pacific time)

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