3-D Flyby of Aletta by GPM

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The Pacific's first named hurricane, Aletta, weakened rapidly to a Category 2 storm on Saturday.

Aletta is located about 500 miles west of Mexico's west coast and is moving even farther away from land over the Pacific Ocean.

Aletta is the first hurricane of the 2018 season in the eastern Pacific.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Aletta was centered about 410 miles (655 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico, Wednesday afternoon.

Aletta will not directly impact any significant landmasses; however, the storm can still produce rough surf and unsafe rip currents along the western Mexican coast. This disturbance is now a cluster of storms, but is becoming better organized.


Churning over warm waters that can provide fuel and with relatively little wind shear to disrupt its towering thunderstorms, "there are no obvious reasons why Aletta should cease intensification", the National Hurricane Center said.

It's too soon to determine whether this second system will eventually pose a direct threat to parts of Baja California next week. Rapid weakening is then expected through the weekend.

Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at weather.com and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7. "It's happened 3 other times this decade, and a total of 9 times since 1970, per NOAA's database", he tweeted.

Early on June 6, Tropical Depression Two-E was upgraded to Tropical Storm Aletta.

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