Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Season of 2002

James L. Franklin Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, NOAA/NWS, Miami, Florida

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Lixion A. Avila Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, NOAA/NWS, Miami, Florida

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John L. Beven II Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, NOAA/NWS, Miami, Florida

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Miles B. Lawrence Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, NOAA/NWS, Miami, Florida

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Richard J. Pasch Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, NOAA/NWS, Miami, Florida

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Abstract

The 2002 eastern North Pacific hurricane season is summarized and the year's tropical cyclones are described. The season featured 12 named tropical storms, of which 6 became hurricanes. Five of the six hurricanes reached an intensity of 100 kt or higher. There were two landfalling cyclones, Tropical Storm Julio and Hurricane Kenna. Kenna, which made landfall near San Blas, Mexico, with winds of near 120 kt, was responsible for four deaths.

Corresponding author address: James L. Franklin, Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, NOAA/NWS, 11691 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33165-2149. Email: James.Franklin@noaa.gov

Abstract

The 2002 eastern North Pacific hurricane season is summarized and the year's tropical cyclones are described. The season featured 12 named tropical storms, of which 6 became hurricanes. Five of the six hurricanes reached an intensity of 100 kt or higher. There were two landfalling cyclones, Tropical Storm Julio and Hurricane Kenna. Kenna, which made landfall near San Blas, Mexico, with winds of near 120 kt, was responsible for four deaths.

Corresponding author address: James L. Franklin, Tropical Prediction Center, National Hurricane Center, NOAA/NWS, 11691 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33165-2149. Email: James.Franklin@noaa.gov

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