Season summary

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale


Hurricane Pali

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration January 7 – January 15
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Hurricane Pali (2016 incarnation)

Hurricane Agatha

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration May 16 – May 21
Peak intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  982 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Two-E

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
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Duration May 25 – May 27
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1004 mbar (hPa)

An area of low pressure developed over Nicaragua on May 23. Once it emerged into the Pacific, it began to organize, and was designated as Tropical Depression Two-E on May 25th. However, as the system moved first parallel to the coast, then approached land, unfavourable conditions led to the storm dissipating over the mainland of Mexico, instead of developing into a tropical storm as forecast. No known deaths or damages occurred as a result of this storm, though heavy flood producing rain did lead to 3 people being seriously injured when a river overflowed its banks during the depressions landfall. Total damages totaled to $3 million in post storm damage assessments.

Hurricane Blas

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration June 3 – June 9
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  956 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Celia

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration June 17 – June 20
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Five-E

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
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Duration June 27 – June 29
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

An area of disturbed weather developed in the Eastern Pacific ocean during June 24th, and began to move northwestwards, gaining organization as it did so, until Tropical Depression Five-E developed on June 27th, which continued to the northwest. The NHC noted the possibility of the storm making it to major hurricane strength, yet the forecast turned out to be a bust, as the storm was forecasted to turn westwards into a more favourable environment, which I failed to do, dissipating instead on June 30th as the continued hostile conditions ripped the circulation of the storm apart. The remnants of Tropical Depression Five-E persisted for 2 days before dissipating completely by July 2nd as it interacted with a fromtal system. No deaths or damage occurred as a result of the tropical depression during its lifecycle.

Tropical Storm Darby

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration July 5 – July 15
Peak intensity 165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  900 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Hurricane Darby (2016 incarnation)

Hurricane Estelle

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration July 22 – July 29
Peak intensity 140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  944 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Hurricane Estelle (2016 incarnation)

Subtropical Storm Frank

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration July 31 – August 5
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  991 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ulika

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration August 9 – August 14 (exited basin)
Peak intensity 145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  927 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Hurricane Ulika (2016 incarnation)

A tropical disturbance formed in the Central Pacific on August 7th, and it quickly organized into Tropical Depression Two-C on August 9th, on a westward track. Once it became a hurricane, and it suddenly turned to the southwest, rapidly deepening as it did so, becoming a category 3 as it moved back to the west again. From here, Ulika again changed direction, this time towards the due northwest, as it gained category 4 intensity as it headed towards the International Dateline, crossing over on August 23rd, becoming a category 5 super typhoon in the following days. Whilst east of the Dateline, Ulika never caused any deaths or damages.

Hurricane Howard

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 18 – August 29 (exited basin)
Peak intensity 180 mph (285 km/h) (1-min)  897 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Hurricane Howard (2016 incarnation)

Tropical Storm Ivette

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 24 – August 28
Peak intensity 45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  999 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Three-C

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
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Duration August 29 – August 31
Peak intensity 30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1010 mbar (hPa)

A tropical wave developed in the Central Pacific Ocean on August 27th, and as it moved quickly westwards, it gained in organization, until the CPHC began issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Three-C on August 29th as the system was moving the the northwest. On the evening of August 30th, Three-C moved to the west, and entered an area of increased shear, along with drier air and consequently dissipated as a result on the following evening. The remnant low of Three-C persisted for 18 more hours, until the low eventually dissipated as it headed for the International Dateline the following day, Setember 1st. No deaths or damage is known to have been caused by Tropical Depression Three-C, although a ship was drawn 155 miles off course, and lost radio contact with Hawaii for 3 days following the storm due to damages caused by the storm tot eh ships systems.

Tropical Storm Javier

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 5 – September 7
Peak intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Kay

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
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Duration September 17 – September 27
Peak intensity 200 mph (325 km/h) (1-min)  874 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Hurricane Kay (2016 incarnation)

An area of low pressure developed in the Caribbean Sea on September 15th, and it moved out into the Pacific before gaining in organization. On September 17th, the NHC reported that Tropical Depression Twelve-E had developed to the south of Mexico, which began to move to the west-northwest, becoming a tropical storm and being named Kay at 0000 UTC on the 18th. Beginning at 1800 UTC, Kay began an extreme deepening phase, and within the next 24 hours, the system had gone from 60 mph to 200 mph, breaking Hurricane Patricia's record the year before, and beginning to head for the Hawaiian Islands as well as being able to maintain category 5 strength for a record 5.75 days, also breaking Typhoon Nancy's record of 5.5 days back in 1961. On September 26th, Kay made landfall on two of the Hawaiian Islands with winds of 175mph and 165 mph, respectably, before rapidly weakening as it moved way from the Hawaiian Islands and gaining latitude, of which the process was complete by 1800 the following night. From here, Kay slowly weakened during its extratropical phase, dissipating 2 days later far to the north of the ravaged islands. 115 people died during Hurricane Kay, and $5.7 billion was done in damages, as well as leaving 2 bodies missing, presumably washed out to see during the extreme storm surge from the hurricane.

Subtropical Depression Four-C

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
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Duration September 23 – September 25
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1008 mbar (hPa)

A tropical disturbance formed in the Central Pacific Ocean on September 22nd, and rapidly organized to become Subtropical Depression Four-C the following morning, on a northwest trajectory in the process, making landfall on several Hawaiian Islands overnight, causing minor flooding in several cases. After passing through the islands, the subtropical depression moved first to the northwest, then to the north-northwest, and the system degenerated into a trough of low pressure later on September 25th. The remnants of Four-C persisted until 18 hours ;later, before finally dissipating as they neared the International Dateline. No deaths are known to have occurred as a result of the storm, although damages are thought to have been around $500,000 as a result of the storm as it passed through the islands.

Hurricane Lester

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 28 – October 2
Peak intensity 75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Madeline

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration October 7 – October 11
Peak intensity 70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  987 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Walaka

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration October 19 – October 23 (exited basin)
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  996 mbar (hPa)
Main article: Typhoon Walaka (2016 incarnation)

A non-tropical low formed in the Central Pacific Ocean on October 17th, which quickly gained tropical characteristics, being designated as Tropical Depression Five-C on the morning of October 19th. The storm intensified after a burst of very deep convection on the morning of October 20th, receiving the name Walaka as a result. Tropical Storm Walaka continued to move on a northwestwards track, and eventually crossed the International Dateline with 50 mph winds on the evening of October 23rd, entering the Western Pacific, where it subsequently intensified into a category 1 typhoon. During its time in the Central Pacific, Walaka never caused any deaths or damages whilst East of the dateline.

Storm names

East Pacific

  • Agatha
  • Blas
  • Celia
  • Darby
  • Estelle
  • Frank
  • Georgette
  • Howard
  • Ivette
  • Javier
  • Kay
  • Lester
  • Madeline
  • Newton (unused)
  • Orlene (unused)
  • Paine (unused)
  • Roslyn (unused)
  • Seymour (unused)
  • Tina (unused)
  • Virgil (unused)
  • Winifred (unused)
  • Xavier (unused)
  • Yolanda (unused)
  • Zeke (unused)

Central Pacific

  • Pali
  • Ulika
  • Walaka
  • Akoni (unused)

Season effects

2016 Pacific hurricane statistics
Dates active Storm category

at peak intensity

Max 1-min
mph (km/h)
Areas affected Damage
(millions USD)

Pali January 7 - January 15 Category 2 hurricane 105 (165) 970 None None None
Season Aggregates
1 cyclones January 7 - Season ongoing   105 (165) 970 None None