3-D Flyby of Aletta by GPM

Infrared satellite view of Hurricane Aletta on the morning of June 8

Aletta, the first named storm of the season, rapidly intensified Thursday night, becoming not only a hurricane but a powerhouse Category 4 Friday morning. It was upgraded to a Category 3 storm on Friday.

Aletta, the first tropical storm of the 2018 season in the Eastern Pacific Basin, is now moving west at around 7 miles per hour and will not be a threat to any land.

Also, Tropical Storm Bud formed Saturday night and is spinning off the Pacific coast of Mexico as a Category 1 storm.

The center of the storm was located about 555 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja, California. By 9 am local time on Friday, and it had upgraded to category 4 storm with speed of 140 miles per hour winds.

"The hurricane has less than a day to strengthen before the environment becomes less hospitable, with a notable increase in shear and decrease in water temperatures forecast this weekend", the National Hurricane Center said.

During an average hurricane season we get 12 named storms, six that become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

It's too soon to determine whether this second system will eventually pose a direct threat to parts of Baja California next week. Regardless, forecasters expect some impacts, such as high surf, rip currents and bands of rain along the coast will develop.

The east Pacific hurricane season, which starts on May 15 each year, has its first official hurricane.

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