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October 2003 Eastern Pacific Monthly Summary
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ABPZ30 KNHC 011911
TWSEP 
MONTHLY TROPICAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
8 AM PDT SAT NOV 1 2003
 
FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

THREE TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER AND
THEY ALL REACHED HURRICANE STATUS.

NORA FORMED ON 1 OCTOBER ABOUT 520 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF CABO SAN
LUCAS ON THE SOUTHERN TIP OF BAJA CALIFORNIA AND MOVED VERY SLOWLY
TOWARD THE WEST AND WEST-NORTHWEST WITH GRADUAL INTENSIFICATION FOR
THE NEXT FEW DAYS. IT BECAME A TROPICAL STORM ON 2 OCTOBER AND
REACHED HURRICANE STATUS EARLY ON 4 OCTOBER...REACHING ITS PEAK
INTENSITY OF 90 KNOTS LATER ON THAT DAY.  ON 6 OCTOBER...NORA BEGAN
TO WEAKEN AS IT TURNED SHARPLY TO THE EAST AND THEN NORTHEAST. IT
REACH THE COAST OF MEXICO ON 9 OCTOBER IN THE STATE OF CULIACAN JUST
NORTH OF MAZATLAN AND DISSIPATED OVER THE HIGH TERRAIN.

OLAF ORIGINATED AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION ON 3 OCTOBER ABOUT 325
MILES SOUTH OF ACAPULCO MEXICO.  IT STRENGTHENED TO A TROPICAL
STORM LATER THAT DAY WHILE MOVING SLOWLY NORTHWESTWARD.  THIS
MOTION CONTINUED FOR TWO DAYS WHILE THE STORM SLOWLY STRENGTHENED 
TO A 65-KNOT HURRICANE.  THE HURRICANE TURNED NORTHWARD ON 6
OCTOBER AND WEAKENED SOME.  OLAF MADE LANDFALL EARLY ON THE NEXT
DAY NEAR MANZANILLO MEXICO WITH WINDS ESTIMATED AT 50 KNOTS.  THE
STORM DISSIPATED INLAND OVER THE HIGH TERRAIN OF THE MEXICAN STATE
OF NAYARIT ON 8 OCTOBER.  THERE WERE HEAVY RAINS OVER SOUTHWESTERN
MEXICO BUT NO REPORTS OF DEATHS.  

PATRICIA DEVELOPED ABOUT 500 MILES SOUTH OF ACAPULCO ON 20 OCTOBER 
AND QUICKLY INTENSIFIED INTO A TROPICAL STORM LATER THAT DAY.  IT
MOVED WEST-NORTHWESTWARD TO NORTHWESTWARD AND STRENGTHENED INTO A
HURRICANE ON 21 OCTOBER WHILE LOCATED ABOUT 550 MILES SOUTH OF
MANZANILLO.  PATRICIA WEAKENED TO A TROPICAL STORM THE NEXT DAY
AND...ASIDE FROM SOME SLIGHT RESTRENGTHENING ON 24 OCTOBER...SLOWLY
WEAKENED OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.  THE SYSTEM DISSIPATED ON 26
OCTOBER ABOUT 560 MILES SOUTHWEST OF CABO SAN LUCAS.

SUMMARY TABLE - OCTOBER 2003

NAME           DATES            MAX WIND - KT      DEATHS
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H  NORA       1-9  OCT              90               0
H  OLAF       3-8  OCT              65               0
H  PATRICIA  20-26 OCT              85               0
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NOTE...DATES ARE BASED ON UNIVERSAL COORDINATED TIME...UTC

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