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Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Season of 2003

Beven, John L.; Avila, Lixion A.; Franklin, James L.; Lawrence, Miles B.; Pasch, Richard J.; Stewart, Stacy R.

The tropical cyclone activity for 2003 in the eastern North Pacific hurricane basin is summarized. Activity during 2003 was slightly below normal. Sixteen tropical storms developed, seven of which became hurricanes. However, there were no major hurricanes in the basin for the first time since 1977. The first hurricane did not form until 24 August, the latest observed first hurricane at least since reliable satellite observations began in 1966. Five tropical cyclones made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico, resulting in 14 deaths.

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