Tropical Storm Aletta and Nearby Low Pressure Area13.2N 108.9W
As of 2 p.m. PDT (2100 UTC) May 16, Tropical Storm Aletta (01E), the first storm of the 2012 Pacific Hurricane Season, is located within 30 nautical miles of 11.4°N 113.5°W, about 830 mi (1335 km) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.
Maximum sustained winds are 35 knots (40 mph, 65 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1004 mbar (hPa; 29.65 InHg), and the system is moving west at 8 kt (9 mph, 15 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center of Aletta.
Visible to the east of Aletta in the full images is a broad low pressure area located about 500 miles south of Acapulco, Mexico. It has changed little over the past several hours, although environmental conditions are generally conducive for slow development of this system during the next few days. This system has a medium chance (30 percent) of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves slowly to the northwest.