The Eastern Pacific Has Turned Into a Freak Hurricane-Producing Machine

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While the Atlantic Hurricane Season continues to be slow, with a struggling Tropical Storm Cristobal recurving away from the U.S. during the next several days, the Eastern Pacific has turned into an assembly line for giant storms. The latest, Hurricane Marie, attained the rare Category 5 status on Sunday when estimated maximum sustained surface winds clocked in at 160 miles per hour

Viewed from space, the storm has been downright mesmerizing (as the satellite animation from Monday shows), and without the guilt that comes from knowing it is causing death and destruction — it’s what meteorologists call a “fish storm,” since it’s spending its life out at sea west of Mexico without making landfall anywhere. It will, however, drive dangerously high waves toward the southern California and western Mexican coast. Read more…

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