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The 2020 Pacific hurricane season was the third least active ever, with 50 ACE (CPAC had 10). Most storms formed from fronts or extratropical cyclones.

Storms

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Tropical Storm Amanda

Tropical storm(JTWC)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
TS Javier 1998.jpg Amanda 1-E 2020.png
Duration March 2 – March 12
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)
A tropical wave formed near Liberia. It traveled across the Atlantic without any development and crossed into the Pacific basin. There, it developed a low level circulation center and rapidly organized on March 2. It was declared Tropical Depression One-E in the same day. The storm continued to increase to organized and later named Amanda. Amanda peaked at 60 mph and develop a eye feature. On March 9, it went over cold waters and weaken slowly. Its track was affected by a non-tropical low (later confirmed as a tropical storm) and immeadiatly turned east. A warning was issued later. Amanda made landfall quickly and absorbed the low pressure area next to it. It turned northwest and weakened into a depression. Amanda dissipated in the Gulf of California.

Northeastern Pacific Gale

Category 1 hurricane(JTWC)
Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Ismael 14 sept 1995 2016Z big.jpg Unnamed 2-E 2020 Updated.png
Duration March 6 – March 10
Peak intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  978 mbar (hPa)
An extratropical cyclone forms near Japan. It didn't intensify or weaken as it moved southeastward rapidly. The storm began to lose its frontal structure and it was declared subtropical near the 160th meridian. But it wasn't monitored by CPHC on tropical weather outlook. It went passed 140 meridan, and still not declared tropical. It transitioned into a tropical cyclone near Baja California, but it operationally not declared due to its area of formation and a large eye feature. It later made landfall in Mexico, weakened rapidly dissipated, and absorbed by Amanda. It was included in the season in the post-season analysis. In 2021, the cyclone was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane, and the track was updated.

Tropical Depression Two-E

Tropical depression(JTWC)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Tropical storm olaf (1997).JPG TD Noname 2-E 2020.png
Duration March 8 – March 9
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)
A dying cold front formed a low pressure area near Cuba. It went southward into Costa Rica. There it organized rapidly and formed a depression. The depression went northwest quickly and made landfall in southern Mexico. The depression dissipated, and emerged in the Gulf of Mexico without developing again. No damage or deaths reported due to lack of rain delivered by the system.

Tropical Depression Three-E

Tropical disturbance(JTWC)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Noname 3-E 2020.png
Duration April 1 – April 6
Peak intensity 5 mph (10 km/h) (1-min)  1018 mbar (hPa)
After Tropical Storm Bertha weakened rapidly into a low pressure area, it regenerated into a unusually weak depression on April 1 near 140 degrees meridian. The depression moved westward, then northeast, and then moving southwest. Three-E had a very hard time fighting the wind shear and later transitioned to a trough on April 6. The remains of 3-E made landfall near Phillipines and absorbed by a tropical depression. It is unknown the nature of the storm.

Tropical Depression Four-E

Tropical depression(JTWC)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex Noname 4-E 2020.png
Duration April 5 – April 9
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  989 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Boris

Category 4 super typhoon(JTWC)
Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Liza (1976).jpg Boris 5-E 2020.png
Duration May 7 – May 20
Peak intensity 130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)  948 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression One-C

Tropical disturbance(JTWC)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Noname 1-C.png
Duration June 10 – June 11
Peak intensity 15 mph (30 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Christina

Tropical storm(JTWC)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Christina 7-E.png
Duration June 11 – June 18
Peak intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1009 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Seven-E

Tropical disturbance(JTWC)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex Noname 7-E 2020.png
Duration June 29 – June 30
Peak intensity 25 mph (35 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Zeta

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Josephine 3 September 2008.jpg Zeta 2-C 2020.png
Duration June 30 – July 6
Peak intensity 75 km/h (45 mph) (1-min)  999 hPa (mbar)

Tropical Depression Eight-E

Tropical disturbance(JTWC)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex Noname 8-E 2020.png
Duration July 1 – July 2
Peak intensity 15 mph (30 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Nine-E

Subtropical depression(JTWC)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Noname 10-E 2020.png
Duration July 5 – July 10
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  965 mbar (hPa)
A cold front sprawned a large low pressure area. The low became a Kona storm as it moved west. The storm made a second tight, small circulation that later transitioned into a subtropical storm. It had a unusually low pressure of 950. It took a cyclonic loop and transition into a tropical depression. The cyclone peaked when it transition. The storm slowly moved west and weaken. It finished the extratropical transition near Hawaii. Later, it was absorbed into the same Kona storm the depression was from. The cyclone made a large tornado outbreak of (3 F0, 6 F1, 10 F2, 3 F3, 7 F4, 1 F5), and the cost of damage was $9 million.

Tropical Storm Cali

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Melissa.jpg Cali 3-C 2020.png
Duration July 12 – July 17
Peak intensity 65 km/h (40 mph) (1-min)  1004 hPa (mbar)

Hurricane Gale

Category 4 hurricane
Bertha3.jpg Gale 4-C 2020.png
Duration July 21 – July 31
Intensity 140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min) 950 mbar (hPa; 28.05 inHg)

Hurricane Pewa

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Nana 19 October 1990.jpg Pewa 5-C 2020.png
Duration July 27 – August 3
Peak intensity 145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  919 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Douglas

Tropical storm(JTWC)
Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Hurricane Adrian 2005.jpg Douglas 11-E 2020.png
Duration August 12 – August 30
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)
A low pressure area forms in Central America. It quickly formed a LLCC and it was declared a depression. Then the depression intensified into a tropical storm, earning the name Douglas. The storm made landfall near Costa Rica, pouring a foot of rain per hour. Douglas weakened to a depression due to land interaction. The depression emerged back to the ocean and restrenghen. As it moved west, Douglas was downgraded to a depression and upgraded to a tropical storm. It repeated until it turned extratropical after making landfall in Hawaii. The remains of Douglas formed Hurricane Grace in Gulf of Alaska. Douglas killed 876 people in Central America, and 23 in Hawaii.

Hurricane Elida

Category 3 hurricane(JTWC)
Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Norbert Oct 10 2008.jpg Elida 12-E 2020.png
Duration September 20 – September 30
Peak intensity 110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)  948 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Twelve-E

Tropical depression(JTWC)
Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Noname 13-E 2020.png
Duration October 10 – October 15
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  950 mbar (hPa)
A tropical disturbance forms near Ecuador. The disturbance moved northward toward Costa Rica and developed a LLCC. Then, it moved westward and gradually became more concentrated. On October 10, it was declared a depression. The depression moved northwest, then turning east. It made a small cyclonic loop before it went east again. On October 15, 13-E completely loss its circulation due to land interaction. Its remains went to the Atlantic basin, but never had redeveloped.

Impact

2020 Pacific hurricane season statistics
Storm
name
Dates active Storm category at peak intensity Max
wind
(mph)
Min.
press.
(mbar)
Landfall(s) Damage
(millions
USD)
Deaths
Where When Wind

(mph)

Amanda March 2 -
March 12
Tropical storm 60 1002 Punta
Mita,
Mexico
March 10 40 mph 10 3
Unnamed March 6 -
March 10
Category 1 hurricane 80 978 Los
Mochis,
Mexico
March 8 75 mph 5 1
Two-E March 8 -
March 9
Tropical depression 35 1007 Salina
Cruz,
Mexico
March 9 35 mph 7 50
Three-E April 1 -
April 6
Tropical depression 5 1018 No landfall 0 0
Four-E April 5 -
April 9
Tropical depression 35 989 No landfall 0.5 6
Boris May 7 -
May 20
Category 4 hurricane 130 948 San
José
del
Cabo,
Mexico
2,000 30
One-C June 10 -
June 11
Tropical depression 15 990 No landfall 40 60
Christina June 11 -
June 8
Tropical storm 40 1009 Baja
California
Sur,
Mexico
65 45
Seven-E June 29 -
June 30
Tropical depression 25 1001 Oceanside,
California
3,000 80
Zeta June 30 -
July 6
Tropical storm 45 998 No landfall 0 0
Eight-E July 1 -
July 2
Tropical depression 15 1005 Pochomil,
Nicaragua
1 109
Nine-E July 5 -
July 10
Tropical depression 35 965 Halaula,
Hawaii
9 7
Cali July 12 -
July 17
Tropical storm 40 1004 No landfall 0 0
Gale July 21 -
July 31
Category 4 hurricane 140 950 Hilo,
Hawaii
20 4
Pewa July 27 -
August 3
Category 4 hurricane 145 919 No landfall 0 6
Douglas August 12 -
August 30
Tropical storm 60 990 La
Libertad,
El
Salvador
80 897
Ainaloa,
Hawaii
Elida September 20 -
September 30
Category 2 hurricane 110 948 Mazaltan,
Mexico
500 80
San
Diego,
California
Twelve-E October 10 -
October 15
Tropical depression 35 950 No landfall 0 9
Season Aggregates
18
cyclones
March 2 -
October 15
  145 919 14 landfalls 5737.5 1387

Retirement

Douglas was retired after killing 897 people. The replacement is Dominik. Boris was also retired after costing 2 billion dollars in damage. The replacement is Brandon.

See also

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