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Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Season of 2006

Pasch, Richard J.; Blake, Eric S.; Avila, Lixion A.; Beven, John L.; Brown, Daniel P.; Franklin, James L.; Knabb, Richard D.; Mainelli, Michelle M.; Rhome, Jamie R.; Stewart, Stacy R.

The hurricane season of 2006 in the eastern North Pacific basin is summarized, and the individual tropical cyclones are described. Also, the official track and intensity forecasts of these cyclones are verified and evaluated. The 2006 eastern North Pacific season was an active one, in which 18 tropical storms formed. Of these, 10 became hurricanes and 5 became major hurricanes. A total of 2 hurricanes and 1 tropical depression made landfall in Mexico, causing 13 direct deaths in that country along with significant property damage. On average, the official track forecasts in the eastern Pacific for 2006 were quite skillful. No appreciable improvement in mean intensity forecasts was noted, however.

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