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Mild Hurricane Season Off Mexico

We’re not knowledgeable enough to know if cooler than normal water temperatures are the cause, but it sure has been a mild hurricane season for Mexico.

Consider this: In ’09, there were 8 hurricanes and 12 tropical storms off the coast of Mexico. Most of the hurricanes were powerful, too. Two of them were 5s — the most powerful — two were 4s, and two were 3s. And in the busy hurricane months of September and October,  there were 3 hurricanes and 4 tropical storms.

The year 2009 was a typical year for hurricanes off Mexico.

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This year, on the other hand, there have only been 3 hurricanes and 4 tropical storms. About one third as many as last year. Most shocking of all, in the busy September and October months, there was only one tropical storm. But Georgette was such a non-event that when we called Cabo and La Paz for reports, folks said they’d barely even noticed it.

So far, 2010 has been one of the most mellow hurricane seasons off Mexico in many years.

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Indeed, it seems as though coastal California had a monopoly on crap weather this summer and early fall. And it’s not over. The accompanying photo of lightning hitting the West End of Catalina was taken yesterday morning by Geoff Byrne, crew aboard Bob Johnson’s Berkeley-based Tayana 37 Charisma, which is on her way for the start of the Baja Ha-Ha.

Yesterday’s lightning storm off Catalina wasn’t typical weather for this time of year.

© 2010 Geoff Byrne

And if we’re to believe the Sunday forecast by, the weather off the West Coast of the United States seems as though it’s going to get worse, not better.

The forecast from Passage Weather suggests that the first big storm of the year will be coming out of Alaska on Sunday.

© 2010 Passage Weather

Fortunately, it appears from the Passage Weather forecast for Monday, the Ha-Ha fleet will have nice downwind breezes to get out of town.

Monday’s weather off the coast of northern Baja looks good.

© 2010 Passage Weather

We hope we don’t need to remind anyone that forecasts more than three days out are not very reliable, and furthermore, forecasts are forecasts, never weather guarantees.


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