Odile Nearing the Arizona Border; Polo Nearly a Hurricane; Edouard Weakens to Cat 1

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:27 PM GMT on September 17, 2014

Tropical Storm Odile is being pulled apart by wind shear as it tracks northeast at 6 mph across the northern Gulf of California. At 11 am EDT Wednesday, Odile was still a minimal 40 mph tropical storm, and had advanced within 110 miles of the Arizona border. According to NOAA's Historical Hurricane Tracks website, only two other named storms since 1949 are recorded to have maintained tropical storm strength in the Gulf of California so close to Arizona--Nora of 1997...

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Updated: 6:56 PM GMT on September 17, 2014

Odile Dumping Heavy Rains on Southwest U.S.; Edouard Becomes a Major Hurricane

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:28 PM GMT on September 16, 2014

Residents of Mexico's Baja Peninsula are picking up the pieces after devastating Hurricane Odile smashed ashore at Cabo San Lucas near 12:45 am EDT Monday as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds. Odile was the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Baja Peninsula, tied with Hurricane Olivia of 1967. Odile's powerful winds caused heavy damage on the southern tip of Baja, where the tourist meccas of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo lie. The airports in both cit...

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Updated: 6:53 PM GMT on September 16, 2014

Category 3 Odile the Strongest Hurricane on Record to Hit Baja

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:00 PM GMT on September 15, 2014

Destructive Hurricane Odile powered ashore at Cabo San Lucas on Mexico's Baja Peninsula near 12:45 am EDT Monday as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds. Odile was the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Baja Peninsula, tied with Hurricane Olivia of 1967. An Air Force hurricane hunter plane was in Odile Sunday afternoon, and measured a surface pressure of 922 mb. This pressure puts Odile in pretty select company--only two other Eastern Pacific hurricanes have ...

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Updated: 3:18 PM GMT on September 15, 2014

Dangerous Category 3 Odile Bearing Down on Baja

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 10:43 PM GMT on September 14, 2014

Dangerous Category 3 Hurricane Odile is bearing down on Mexico's Baja Peninsula as the storm steams north-northwestwards at 14 mph towards the southwestern tip of Baja. Odile is likely to be the strongest or second strongest hurricane on record to affect Southern Baja. An Air Force hurricane hunter plane was in Odile Sunday afternoon, and measured top surface winds of 125 mph, with a surface pressure of 922 mb. This pressure puts Odile in pretty select company--only...

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Updated: 11:01 PM GMT on September 14, 2014

Dangerous Category 4 Odile Threatens Baja; Edouard Becomes a Hurricane

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:58 PM GMT on September 14, 2014

Hurricane Warnings are flying for Mexico's Baja Peninsula as dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Odile approaches. Odile put on an impressive burst of rapid intensification Saturday night, going from a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds to a Category 4 storm with 135 mph winds in just 24 hours. Satellite loops show that Odile has likely topped out in strength, but the storm has a large area of very intense eyewall thunderstorms and a prominent eye. Odile's heavy rain...

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Updated: 6:56 PM GMT on September 14, 2014

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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.