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Hurricane Celia Southwest of Mexico – June 23rd, 2010

12.1N 109.1W

June 23rd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Celia (04E) - June 19th, 2010

Hurricane Celia (04E) - June 19th, 2010

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Track of Hurricane 04E - June 23rd, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Hurricane 04E

Hurricane Celia (04E) is located near 12.2N 109.2W and is currently moving towards the West at 10 knots. Estimated minimum central pressure is 974 mb and maximum sustained winds are about 85 knots with gusts of up to 105 knots.

Hurricane Celia began as a broad area of low pressure on June 17, and became better organized as conditions became more favorable for development. Continuing to organize, the low was upgraded to Tropical Depression Four-E on June 19. Later that morning, the depression strengthened into a tropical storm and was named Celia.

Upon being named, Celia was predicted to strengthen into a hurricane within 48 hours. Quickly intensifying, Celia strengthened into a strong tropical storm later on July 19. However, strong wind shear prevented further intensification.

Shear soon decreased and on June 20 Celia was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane, the first of the season. However, wind shear increased again, and as a result Celia maintained its intensity. Intensification resumed by the evening of June 21, and Celia was upgraded to category 2 hurricane. After reaching its peak as a moderate Category 2 hurricane, Celia weakened slightly on June 22. Celia was downgraded into a Category 1 hurricane that night after it continued weakening.

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