Thursday 7 July 2016

Blas becomes the first category 3 hurricane for the East Pacific this season

This visible image of Blas from NOAA's GOES-East satellite was taken on July 7 at 1200 UTC (8 a.m. EDT). Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

A visible image of Blas from NOAA's GOES-West satellite taken on July 7 at 1200 UTC (8 a.m. EDT) revealed the eye opened wide.
GOES-West saw a large 25 to 30 nautical mile (28.7 to 34.5 mile/46.3 to 55.5 wide eye surrounded

Hurricane Blas has become a Category 3 or major hurricane, the first of the season for the East Pacific Basin. Blas is currently centered about 1,175 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, with maximum-sustained winds of 125 mph, reports Accuweather.
The storm continues to move through a region of weak wind shear and very warm ocean temperatures.
These favorable conditions will support maintenance of major hurricane status or perhaps even a bit of strengthening over the next 6-12 hours.
The cooler sea-surface temperatures and increased shear experienced will cause Blas to weaken starting later today and into Friday.
The hurricane should weaken to a minimal hurricane on Friday and then weaken to a tropical storm on Saturday.
Further weakening will cause the tropical cyclone to degenerate into a remnant low on Sunday or Sunday night.
Blas will remain well away from any landmass.

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