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Robert G. Nystrom and Fuqing Zhang

1. Introduction Hurricane Patricia (2015) was an extraordinary storm in the eastern North Pacific basin that underwent an unprecedented rapid intensification (RI) process in which it intensified from a tropical storm, with maximum wind speeds of 30 m s −1 , to a category 5 hurricane, with maximum wind speeds of 95 m s −1 , in less than 36 h. While tropical cyclone (TC) track forecasts have been improving substantially over recent decades, and intensity forecast have also improved some in recent

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