Hurricanes & Tropical Storms - May 2010


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Note: This report catalogs recent tropical cyclones and places each basin's tropical cyclone activity in a climate-scale context. It is not updated in real time. Users seeking real time status and forecasts of tropical cyclones should visit The National Hurricane Center.


North Indian Basin

Laila
Tropical Storm Laila Satellite Image


Laila Track
Tropical Storm Laila Track


Safir Simpson Color Legend for Track Map from Unisys
Saffir-Simpson Scale Color Legend
Tropical Cyclone Summary
Tropical Cyclone Laila
Cyclogenesis Date 05/17
Cyclolysis Date 05/21
Highest Saffir-Simpson Category Cat 1
Maximum 6-hr Sustained Wind 75 mph (65 kt or 120 km/h)
Min Pressure 986 mbar
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE*) Index (kt2) 4.4600 x 104
Landfall Information (date, location and sustained winds) 05/20 - Bapta Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India ( 105 km/h)
Deaths 56
*The (ACE) Index calculations are based on preliminary data.


Bandu
Tropical Storm Bandu Satellite Image


bandu Track
Tropical Storm Bandu Track


Safir Simpson Color Legend for Track Map from Unisys
Saffir-Simpson Scale Color Legend
Tropical Cyclone Summary
Tropical Cyclone Bandu
Cyclogenesis Date 05/19
Cyclolysis Date 05/22
Highest Saffir-Simpson Category TS
Maximum 6-hr Sustained Wind 63 mph (55 kt or 102 km/h)
Min Pressure 994 mbar
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE*) Index (kt2) 2.6725 x 104
Landfall Information (date, location and sustained winds)
Deaths 1
*The (ACE) Index calculations are based on preliminary data.


Phet
Tropical Storm Phet Satellite Image


phet Track
Tropical Storm Phet Track


Safir Simpson Color Legend for Track Map from Unisys
Saffir-Simpson Scale Color Legend
Tropical Cyclone Summary
Tropical Cyclone Phet
Cyclogenesis Date 05/31
Cyclolysis Date 06/06
Highest Saffir-Simpson Category Cat 4
Maximum 6-hr Sustained Wind 144 mph (125 kt or 232 km/h)
Min Pressure 970 mbar
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE*) Index (kt2) 14.1375 x 104
Landfall Information (date, location and sustained winds) 06/04 - Oman Desert, Oman (145 km/h) and Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan (56 km/h)
Deaths 44
*The (ACE) Index calculations are based on preliminary data.


Northeast Pacific Basin

Agatha
Tropical Storm Agatha Satellite Image
Agatha Track
Tropical Storm Agatha Track


Safir Simpson Color Legend for Track Map from Unisys
Saffir-Simpson Scale Color Legend

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially began on May 15th. Tropical Storm Agatha was the first tropical cyclone for the basin this season. Agatha formed rapidly off the Guatemalan coast on May 29th with sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 km/hr), and the storm made landfall near the Guatemalan-Mexican border on the same day. The main impact of Agatha was heavy rainfall in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Over three feet (0.9 meters) of rain were reported in mountainous areas, which caused numerous landslides. A giant sink hole was created in the densely populated Guatemala City during the storm. According to the Associated Press, 184 people were killed in Central America due to impacts of the storm, and hundreds of thousands were forced to evacuate vulnerable areas. More information on Tropical Storm Agatha is available from the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Cyclone Summary
Tropical Cyclone Agatha
Cyclogenesis Date 05/29
Cyclolysis Date 05/29
Highest Saffir-Simpson Category TS
Maximum 6-hr Sustained Wind 45 mph (40 kt or 72 km/h)
Min Pressure 1000 mbar
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE*) Index (kt2) .2825 x 104
Landfall Information (date, location and sustained winds) 05/29 - Mexico-Guatemala border ( 72 km/h)
Deaths 184
*The (ACE) Index calculations are based on preliminary data.

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Hurricanes & Tropical Storms for May 2010, published online June 2010, retrieved on October 31, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/tropical-cyclones/2010/5.