Tropical Storm Bud Forms South of Mexico, Aletta Weakens

Tropical Storm Bud formed south of Mexico on Saturday while former Hurricane Aletta weakened rapidly to a tropical storm.  At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday the center of Tropical Storm Bud was located at latitude 12.9°N and longitude 102.0°W which put it about 575 miles (920 km) south-southeast of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico.  Bud was moving toward the northwest at 10 m.p.h. (16 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1003 mb.

The circulation of Tropical Storm Bud organized quickly on Saturday.  A distinct low level center of circulation formed.  Several bands of showers and thunderstorms formed in all parts of the circulation.  Storms near the center of circulation generated upper level divergence which pumped mass away from the tropical storm.  Winds to tropical storms force extended out about 60 miles (95 km) from the center of circulation.

Tropical Storm Bud will move through an environment favorable for intensification during the next several days.  Bud will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 30°C.  It will move through an area where the upper level winds are weak and there will be little vertical wind shear.  Tropical Storm Bud is likely to intensify steadily during the next day or two and it could intensify rapidly once an eye forms.

Tropical Storm Bud is being steered to the northwest by a ridge over Mexico.  That general motion is expected to continue for several more days.  On its anticipated track Tropical Storm Bud will move roughly parallel to the west coast of Mexico.  Bud could be near the southern tip of Baja California in about five days.

Former Hurricane Aletta moved over cooler water and it weakened rapidly on Saturday.  At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday the center of Tropical Storm Aletta was located at latitude 15.9°N and longitude 114.3°W which put it about 560 miles (905 km) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.  Aletta was moving toward the west at 7 m.p.h. (11 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 60 m.p.h. (95 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 75 m.p.h. (120 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 999 mb.

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