The tropical Eastern North Pacific Ocean continued to be very active on Tuesday with Hurricane Fernanda, Tropical Storm Greg and Tropical Depression Eight-E. At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday the center of Hurricane Fernanda was located at latitude 16.5°N and longitude 134.4°W which put it about 1375 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii. Fernanda was moving toward the northwest at 9 m.p.h. (15 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 100 m.p.h. (160 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 120 m.p.h. (195 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 976 mb.
At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday the center of Tropical Storm Greg was located at latitude 14.6°N and longitude 110.1°W which put it about 490 miles (785 km) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. Greg was moving toward the west at 10 m.p.h. (16 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 65 m.p.h. (105 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 1003 mb.
At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday the center of Tropical Depression Eight-E was located at latitude 14.8°N and longitude 119.9°W which put it about 860 miles (1385 km) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. It was moving toward the west at 5 m.p.h. (8 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 35 m.p.h. (55 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 1007 mb.
Although Hurricane Fernanda is the strongest of the three tropical cyclones over the Eastern North Pacific Ocean, it is slowly weakening as it moves over cooler Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs). Hurricane Fernanda is over water where the SSTs are near 26.5°C and it will move over cooler water as it moves west toward Hawaii.
Tropical Storm Greg strengthened on Tuesday as it moved over water where the SSTs are near 29°C. A primary rainband wrapped around the western side of the center of circulation. Additional showers and thunderstorms formed closer to the center. Greg is also expected to move west as it moves south of a subtropical ridge.
The future of Tropical Depression Eight-E is less certain. Upper level divergence from Hurricane Fernanda is creating strong vertical wind shear over the stop of the depression. The strong wind shear is causing the circulation of the depression to be poorly organized. There are few showers and thunderstorms in the northern portion of the circulation because of the strong shear. The stronger upper level winds could shear the top of the circulation away from the lower level circulation of the depression. It is also possible that Tropical Storm Greg could catch up to the depression and absorb the remnants of the depression into its circulation.