Category 5 Hurricane!October 17th, 2009 at 9:43 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
– Hurricane “Rick” off the west coast of Mexico reached Category Five status Saturday afternoon. The storm is well out at sea now, but there’s a better than 50/50 chance that it will turn back across the Baja Pensinsula somewhere near Los Mochis. As upward motion works eastward, there is a chance of a tropical storm developing in the Atlantic/Caribbean next week. Here’s a satellite loop (note the well defined eye of the storm). Here’s the rainbow loop. Rick should bring a heavy band of rain through Mexico into Texas and across the southern U.S. It also may help pull more cool air into Michigan around next Saturday. Here’s a satellite picture of the Western Pacific showing strong Typhoon Lupit, which is heading toward the Philippine Islands.