Meanwhile, in the Real World – Cat 4, Just in time for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011

National Hurricane Service:

BULLETIN
HURRICANE KENNETH ADVISORY NUMBER  12
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       EP132011
700 AM PST TUE NOV 22 2011

...KENNETH STRENGTHENS TO A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE...
STRONGEST LATE SEASON EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC HURRICANE ON RECORD...
SUMMARY OF 700 AM PST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...12.7N 113.9W
ABOUT 750 MI...1210 KM SSW OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...145 MPH...230 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 265 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...943 MB...27.85 INCHES

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 700 AM PST...1500 UTC...THE EYE OF MAJOR HURRICANE KENNETH WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 12.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 113.9 WEST. KENNETH IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 13 MPH...20 KM/H...AND THIS MOTION IS
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY. A TURN TOWARD THE
WEST-NORTHWEST IS ANTICIPATED LATER ON WEDNESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 145 MPH...230 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. KENNETH IS A CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
HURRICANE WIND SCALE.

UPDATE:

BULLETIN
HURRICANE KENNETH ADVISORY NUMBER  13
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       EP132011
100 PM PST TUE NOV 22 2011

...CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE KENNETH FINALLY STOPS STRENGTHENING...


Weather Underground:

Hurricane Kenneth has intensified into an impressive Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds in the Eastern Pacific. Kenneth is by far the strongest hurricane to appear so late in the season in the Eastern Pacific; the previous record was held by Hurricane Winnie of December 5, 1983, a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds. There has not been an Atlantic hurricane as strong as Kenneth this late in the season, either; the latest of the seven November major hurricanes in the Atlantic was Hurricane Kate of November 21, 1985 (120 mph winds). Since 1949, here have been just three named storms that have formed in the Eastern Pacific after November 18. These three storms were an unnamed tropical storm on November 27, 1951; Tropical Storm Sharon on November 27, 1971; and Hurricane Winnie on December 5, 1983.

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