The Eastern Pacific's First Tropical Storm: Aletta
Hurricane Season 2006: Aletta (Eastern Pacific)
On Sat. May 27, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), Aletta became
the first tropical storm of the East Pacific Hurricane season as she
strengthened from a tropical depression and moved toward the Mexican Riviera.
This image was taken on May 27 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging
Spectroradiometer instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. At the time of this
image, Aletta was located near 15.6 North and 100.5 West. By Mon. May 29, Aletta was moving westward away from the Mexican coast and
tropical storm warnings were discontinued. At 11:00 a.m. PDT the center of
Tropical Storm Aletta was located near latitude 16.0 north and longitude 101.8
west or about 120 miles (195 kilometers) south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Maximum
sustained winds reached near 40 mph (65 km/hr) with higher gusts.
On Tues. May 30, at 8:00 a.m. PDT, Aletta had been downgraded to a tropical
depression, with winds around 35 mph (30 knots). Aletta's center was located
near 16.0 North and 103.5 West, and was moving toward the west at 6 mph (5
knots). Estimated minimum central pressure 1005 millibars. Click on image to enlarge.
Credit: NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team
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