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Rick Strengthens to Cat 5 Hurricane

Posted by feww on October 18, 2009

For UPDATES see comments section below

Rick Intensifies to a Ferocious Category 5 Hurricane Near Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Rick is now an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane headed toward Baja California peninsula.

Satellite imagery indicates that Rick has maximum sustained winds of 260 km/h (160 mph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

A Category 5 hurricane, the highest on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, Rick could cause catastrophic damage in its path and beyond.

As of posting, Rick is about 370km (230 miles) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, and threatens to turn toward the Mexican coast on Tuesday, pummeling Baja California by early Thursday, on to mainland Mexico to dump an unprecedented amount of rain.

Rick is the  seventh hurricane of the season in eastern north Pacific.

GOES Northern Hemisphere Composite SECTOR IR Image

NHIR - GOES Composite
Hurricane Rick  at Cat 5  Strength – Northern Hemisphere Composite Sector (IR Ch 4) – still image dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

Unenhanced satellite image of Rick at Cat 5 strength showing textbook eye and near-perfect symmetry

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Hurricane Rick – Cat 5 – Still image – Dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Track Forecast Cone

Rick 5-day Track - 023514W5_NL_sm
Still image – Dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities – 120 Hours

RICK TSF WSP
Still image – Dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

GEIR - Full disk
GOES Full Disk East IR- Still image. Click image to enlarge and update. [Images are updated every three (3) hours.]

Other Images of Rick


Hurricane Rick – Cat 5 – AVNColor enhancement-  Still image – Dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

NOAA Polar Mapped Mosaic Composites Showing Typhoon Lupit and Hurricane Rick

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Still image – Dated as inset. Click image to enlarge and update.

Other Satellite Images

GOES Satellite: East Pacific Hurricane Rick(EP20)

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4 Responses to “Rick Strengthens to Cat 5 Hurricane”

  1. feww said

    NHC UPDATE:
    SUMMARY OF 500 AM PDT (12:00 UTC) INFORMATION
    LOCATION 22.3ºN 107.5ºW
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS 55 MPH
    PRESENT MOVEMENT NORTHEAST OR 50 DEGREES AT 16 MPH
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 994 MB

    RICK WEAKENING FAST AS IT NEARS THE WEST COAST OF MEXICO
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE MEXICAN MAINLAND FROM SAN BLAS TO ALTATA. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA FROM AGUA BLANCA SOUTHWARD ON THE WEST COAST AND FOR THE EAST COAST FROM BUENA VISTA SOUTHWARD INCLUDING CABO SAN LUCAS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN THIS CASE MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE IN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 12 HOURS.

    INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN WESTERN MAINLAND MEXICO SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF RICK.

    FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA PLEASE MONITOR
    PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.

    AT 500 AM PDT1200 UTC THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM RICK WAS
    ESTIMATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.3 NORTH LONGITUDE 107.5 WEST OR ABOUT 90 MILES 145 KM SOUTHWEST OF MAZATLAN MEXICO.

    RICK HAS INCREASED IN FORWARD SPEED AND IS NOW MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 16 MPH 26 KM/HR. THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK THE CENTER OF RICK WILL BE VERY NEAR THE COAST OF WEST-CENTRAL MAINLAND MEXICO THIS MORNING.

    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 55 MPH 90 KM/HR WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS EXPECTED TODAY.

    TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 150 MILES (240 KM) FROM THE CENTER.

    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 994 MB (29.35 INCHES).

    RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER THE STATES OF SINALOA AND DURANGO IN WEST-CENTRAL MEXICO WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES POSSIBLE. THESE RAINS COULD PRODUCE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER EXTREME SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA.

    LARGE SWELLS GENERATED BY RICK WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA COAST AND THE WEST-CENTRAL COAST OF MEXICO TODAY CAUSING POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS. THESE CONDITIONS WILL GRADUALLY SUBSIDE LATER TODAY.
    FORECASTER AVILA/CANGIALOSI

  2. feww said

    NHC Said
    MAJOR HURRICANE RICK MOVING NORTHWESTWARD

    AT 5:00 AM PDT (12:00 UTC) THE CENTER OF HURRICANE RICK WAS LOCATED
    NEAR LATITUDE 17.7 NORTH, LONGITUDE 111.1 WEST OR ABOUT 365 MILES
    (590 KM) SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF CABO SAN LUCAS MEXICO.

    RICK IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH (17 KM/H). A TURN
    TOWARD THE NORTH WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. RICK IS THEN FORECAST TO ACCELERATE TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST AND NORTHEAST BY LATE TUESDAY AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF THE HURRICANE WILL BE NEARING SOUTHERN BAJA CALIFORNIA BY LATE TUESDAY OR EARLY WEDNESDAY.

    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 125 MPH (205 KM/H) WITH
    HIGHER GUSTS. RICK IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE
    ON THE
    SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE.

    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 950 MB (28.05 INCHES), or 712.47 mm Hg

  3. feww said

    NHC Said:
    RICK WEAKENS, BUT STILL A DANGEROUS CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE
    AT 8:00 PM PDT 03:00 UTC, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE RICK WAS LOCATED
    NEAR LATITUDE 17.0 NORTH LONGITUDE 110.3 WEST OR ABOUT 410 MILES (660 KM) SOUTH OF CABO SAN LUCAS MEXICO.

    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 145 MPH (230 KM/HR)
    PRESENT MOVEMENT: NORTHWEST OR 305 DEGREES AT 13 MPH (20 KM/HR)
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 936 MB

  4. feww said

    Hurricane Rick
    Summary Of 03:00 UTC Sunday Oct 18, 2009 (8:00 Pm PDT Saturday) Information
    Location: 15.0N 105.9W
    Maximum Sustained Winds: 290 km/h (180 mph)
    Present Movement: West-Northwest or 290 degrees At 23 km/h (14 mph)
    Minimum Central Pressure: 679.45 mm Hg (906 Mb)

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