Eastern Pacific 1st Storm Named

It’s not too early to prepare now for our quickly approaching hurricane season here in Kohala.

Tropical Depression Adrian formed Tuesday off the coast of Mexico, becoming the first named storm system of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season and marking the earliest start to the season since the satellite era of tracking began.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially starts May 15.

The Central Pacific season (Hawaii) begins June 1.

“Climatalogically, the Eastern Pacific hurricane season starts earlier,” NWS forecaster Jeff Powell said Wednesday. “That’s just what the record shows.”

The Central Pacific has a much more concentrated timeline for storms, with a peak in August. Last year, the first named tropical storm did not occur until July.