Monday, May 10th 2021, 12:28 pm - Andres is the earliest named storm ever in the eastern Pacific, beating out the previous record set by Tropical Storm Adrian in 2017 -- by just a mere 12 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The 2021 hurricane season is already off to a roaring start and it has yet to officially launch anywhere.
Tropical Storm Andres came to life on Sunday, May 9 in the eastern Pacific Ocean after developing into a depression on the weekend. This comes six days ahead of schedule for the May 15 start of the eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season, which will conclude Nov. 30.
It is now the earliest named storm ever in the eastern Pacific, beating out the previous record set by Tropical Storm Adrian in 2017 -- by just a mere 12 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Andres is a considerable outlier, forming more than a month ahead of the average date of the first eastern Pacific tropical storm receiving its name in a season, which is June 10, taken from historical NHC data.
The NHC's latest update on Monday morning indicates Andres is located roughly 900 km south of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. It is moving northwest at 7 km/h and is expected to continue its general motion through Monday. The storm is forecast to shift to a westward direction by late Tuesday and continue that general motion on Wednesday and Thursday.
Satellite data indicates that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 km/h, with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected to begin on Monday, with the system becoming a remnant low on Tuesday.
While the eastern Pacific hurricane season begins on May 15, the central Pacific season will launch on June 1, also ending on Nov. 30.
While there was some discussion to move up the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season this year to May 15, the adjustment wasn't made and is still beginning June 1 and ending Nov. 30.