By Jeff King
They may have run out of names for hurricanes.
After a particularly powerful series of tropical depressions, storms and hurricanes a month ago, the eastern Pacific has been very quiet. Hurricane Norbert followed the west coast a while before sputtering along Baja California.
The next system to watch is “Odile.” Yes, Hurricane Odile (as she will likely be designated by tomorrow) is expected to become a major hurricane by Sunday. Forecasters say, however, that Odile will likely meander in the eastern pacific and dwindle within a week. About 800 miles west of Odile is Tropical Depression 15-E, that is also expected to spin in the same general area before withering. If that storm achieves tropical storm strength, he will be named “Polo.”
While weather has been calm, temperatures have soared to near-or-above record highs of late. And high pressure moving just north of the state will cut down the trade flow – likely bringing more “vog” across the island chain starting Saturday.
After a large northwest swell came and went earlier this week, a powerful south swell is just now rumbling through lower Polynesia and is expected in Hawai’i by Saturday.