Late-season Tropical Storm “Tina” forms near Mexico

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A late-season tropical storm formed near the coast of southwestern Mexico at 03:00 UTC on November 13, 2016 and was named Tina. Tina was a tropical storm for just about 36 hours, it weakened into a tropical depression at 15:00 UTC today.

Tina is 19th named storm to form in the NE Pacific in 2016. It marked the 7th time that the NE Pacific has had equal or more than 19 named storms since 1971, according to meteorologist Philip Klotzbach. Tina is also the first NE Pacific tropical cyclone of the season to not intensify beyond 65 km/h (40 mph).

When the storm formed on November 13 it had maximum sustained winds up to 65 km/h (40 mph), but by 15:00 UTC today they decreased to 55 km/h (35 mph). 

At the time, its center was located 450 km (280 miles) SSE of the southern tip of Baja California and 460 km (285 miles) of Manzanillo, Mexico. The system was moving WNW at 11 km/h (7 mph), away from the coast. Its minimum central pressure was 1 007 hPa.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, NWS said.

Tina is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of up to 254 mm (1 inch) over portions of Colima and western Jalisco states in Mexico today.

Very strong southwesterly wind shear of almost 74 km/h (46 mph) and dry air will continue to affect the cyclone during the next couple of days, weakening the storm. Tina is expected to become a remnant low tonight or on Tuesday.

72 hours of rainfall accumulation by 12:00 UTC on November 14, 2016

72 hours of rainfall accumulation by 12:00 UTC on November 14, 2016. Credit: NASA/GPM

Tropical Storm TIna forecast track by NWS on November 14, 2016

Credit: NWS/NHC

This animation of imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite shows Tina's development and weakening to depression status, from November 12 to 14.

Video courtesy NASA/NOAA's GOES Project

Featured image: Tropical Storm "Tina" at 05:45 UTC on November 13, 2016. Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project (UW-CIMSS)

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