Hurricane Alex made landfall this evening with winds over 100 m.p.h. and a central pressure of 947mb. For a Category 2 hurricane, that’s a very, very low pressure. Normally a pressure in that range would be accompanied by winds of at least 120 m.p.h. but, that wasn’t the case with Alex.
Here’s the official landfall statement from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL:
WTNT61 KNHC 010158
HURRICANE ALEX TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012010
900 PM CDT WED JUN 30 2010
…ALEX MAKES LANDFALL IN NORTHEASTERN MEXICO…
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR FROM BROWNSVILLE TEXAS AND
AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT HURRICANE HUNTER OBSERVATIONS INDICATE THAT
THE EYE OF HURRICANE ALEX MADE LANDFALL AROUND 9 PM CDT…0200 UTC
ALONG THE COAST OF MEXICO IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SOTO LA MARINA…
ABOUT 110 MI…180 KM SOUTH OF BROWNSVILLE. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS AT LANDFALL WERE ESTIMATED TO BE 105 MPH…165 KM/HR…A
CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.
SUMMARY OF 900 PM CDT…0200 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 35 MI…55 KM N OF LA PESCA MEXICO
ABOUT 110 MI…180 KM S OF BROWNSVILLE TEXAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…105 MPH…165 KM/HR
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 260 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/HR
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…947 MB…27.96 INCHES
Here’s an infrared image of Alex as the eyewall was crossing the northeastern Mexican coast.
Only time will tell whether or not this will be a busy Atlantic tropical cyclone season. Though there are some indications that there will be an above average number of tropical systems this year, I feel it’s best to not try and outwit nature at it’s own game…especially when it always will have the upper hand.