Aletta becomes first hurricane of 2018 Pacific season

Infrared satellite view of Hurricane Aletta on the morning of June 8

Infrared satellite view of Hurricane Aletta on the morning of June 8

The 2015 season began with Category 4 Hurricane Andres, followed by Category 4 Hurricane Blanca, the record earliest-in-season second Eastern Pacific hurricane and major hurricane, which later became the record earliest Baja California landfall, as a tropical storm.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) Sunday morning. Aletta strengthened into a Category 4 Hurricane Friday Morning, but has since weakened back to a Category 2.

The Hurricane Center said the storm could generate swells that cause life-threatening surf and rip currents over the coming days. This storm is now the first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season as a Category 1 storm along with 75 miles per hour winds.

The first hurricane, and the first major hurricane, of 2018 has formed (a major hurricane is considered a Category 3 or higher). This disturbance is now a cluster of storms, but is becoming better organized.

Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8.

The center said Aletta is likely to become a hurricane by Thursday as it moves westward into the Pacific.

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.

The east Pacific hurricane season, which starts on May 15 each year, has its first official hurricane.

Eventually, Bud could help trigger a surge of moisture in the Desert Southwest where an increase in showers and storms may occur late in the week or next weekend. It's happened seven other times since 1970, according to NOAA's historical hurricanes database.

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