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2010 Pacific hurricane season
Season summary map
First storm formed May 29, 2010
Last storm dissipated December 21, 2010
Strongest storm Celia – 921 mbar (hPa) (27.21 inHg), 160 mph (260 km/h)
Total depressions 13
Total storms 8
Hurricanes 3
Major hurricanes (Cat. 3+) 2
Total fatalities 195+
Total damage $1.62 billion (2010 USD)
Pacific hurricane seasons
2008, 2009, 2010, After-2010

The 2010 Pacific hurricane season was the least active season since 1977, it officially started on May 15, 2010 and on June 1st for the Central Pacific and officially ended on November 30, 2010. These dates are when a storm is likely to start in 2010. The first storm of this season formed about two weeks before the first storm of 2009 did. So far, there have been five tropical depression, four of those five became a tropical storm, while only one because a hurricane. In addition, one storm, Hurricane Celia, was the second earliest category 5 hurricane on record

The first storm, Tropical Storm Agatha killed at least 196 people in Central America. No other storms in the 2010 Pacific hurricane season have affected land yet.


Tropical Storm Agatha

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration May 29 – May 30
Intensity 45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min),  1001 mbar (hPa)

The first storm of the season started from a tropical disturbance, which is similar to a tropical wave. This tropical disturbance grew into Tropical Depression One-E on May 29. Tropical Depression One quickly strengthened into a tropical storm and it was given the name "Agatha". Moving toward land, Tropical Storm Agatha peak as a weak tropical storm with winds of 45 mph (75 km/h). Tropical Storm Agatha had made landfall near the Mexico and Guatemala border. Agatha had quickly died over land on May 30 after moving northward.

Tropical Storm Agatha killed about 146 people in Central America.

Tropical Depression Two-E

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration June 16 – June 17
Intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min),  1007 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Two-E started on June 16 from a tropical wave. Moving just south of the Mexican coast, winds top at 30 mph (45 km/h), which was too low for a storm to be a tropical storm. Remaining off the coast, Tropical Depression Two-E dissipated on June 17 without becoming a tropical storm.

Rains from Tropical Depression Two-E caused flooding, which damage about 82 houses and affected 40 other houses near the coast. In addition, some people lost there roofs because of high winds. No people were killed by Tropical Depression Two-E.

Tropical Storm Blas

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration June 17 – June 21
Intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min),  994 mbar (hPa)

On June 17, Tropical Depression Four-E started from an area of low pressure. Tropical Depression Four-E strengthened fast, and had become Tropical Storm Blas just one hour later. Blas became a strong tropical storm and had its highest winds at 65 mph (100 km/h) on June 19. It began to weakened slowly as it headed into colder waters. The next day, Blas weakened to a tropical depression and died the following day, June 21. Tropical Storm Blas remained far enough from land to cause no affects.

Hurricane Celia

Category 5 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration June 18 – June 28
Intensity 160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min),  921 mbar (hPa)

Celia formed from an area of low pressure on June 19, and quickly strengthened into a tropical storm and then a hurricane. On June 21 Celia became a Category 2 hurricane and on June 23 strengthened further to become a Category 3 for a little while before weakening again due to bad conditions. After these bad conditions disappeared, Celia strengthened again and became a Category 5 hurricane on June 24, and the strongest storm of the season so far. However Celia moved into a part of the ocean with dry air above it and Celia weakened to a tropical storm quickly, before dying out completely. Celia was far enough away from land to not cause any damage.

Hurricane Darby

Category 3 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration June 23 – June 28
Intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min),  959 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Six-E

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration July 14 – July 16
Intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min),  1006 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Estelle

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration August 4 – August 10
Intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min),  994 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Eight-E

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration August 20 – August 21
Intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min),  1003 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Frank

Category 1 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration August 21 – August 28
Intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min),  978 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Ten-E

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration September 3 – September 4
Intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min),  1003 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Eleven-E

Tropical depression (SSHS)
Duration September 3 – September 4
Intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min),  1004 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Georgette

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration September 20 – September 23
Intensity 40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min),  999 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Omeka

Tropical storm (SSHS)
Duration December 18 – December 21
Intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min),  997 mbar (hPa)

Storm names

The following names will be used for named storms that form in East Pacific in 2010. Names that were not used are marked in gray, and names in bold are storms currently active. This list is the same as it was in the 2004 season.

  • Agatha
  • Blas
  • Celia
  • Darby
  • Estelle
  • Frank
  • Georgette
  • Howard (unused)
  • Isis (unused)
  • Javier (unused)
  • Kay (unused)
  • Lester (unused)
  • Madeline (unused)
  • Newton (unused)
  • Orlene (unused)
  • Paine (unused)
  • Roslyn (unused)
  • Seymour (unused)
  • Tina (unused)
  • Virgil (unused)
  • Winifred (unused)
  • Xavier (unused)
  • Yolanda (unused)
  • Zeke (unused)

For the central Pacific Ocean, four names are used. A central Pacific name is given if a named storm starts near Hawaii. The next four names are shown here:

  • Omeka
  • Pewa (unused)
  • Unala (unused)
  • Wali (unused)

Related pages

Tropical cyclones of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season
Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5

* Central Pacific system

See also

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