Hurricane Agatha

As the first named storm of the 2022 Pacific Hurricane Season, Agatha formed as a tropical storm early on May 28th, 2022. Agatha quickly strengthened into a hurricane just south of Mexico’s Pacific coastline.

In the evening of May 30th, Hurricane Agatha made landfall near Puerto Angel in Oaxaca, Mexico as a category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. Agatha was the strongest storm to hit Mexico’s Pacific coast on record.

The National Hurricane Center said that 10 to 16 inches of rain were expected to dump on Oaxaca.

The storm caused 11 deaths, and an additional 20 people were reported missing. Heavy rainfalls caused flash flooding and dangerous landslides, which contributed to the deaths.

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Contributions by: Allie Seibel and Dakota Smith

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Evolution of Hurricane Agatha

Description:

The evolution of Hurricane Agatha and a look at the lightning within.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Hurricane Agatha’s Journey in the Eastern Pacific

Description:

A multi-day view of Agatha’s journey in the Eastern Pacific to Mexico’s coastline.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 11)

Instrument: ABI

Hurricane Agatha Makes Landfall

Description:

A full day time lapse of Agatha approaching and landfalling on Mexico’s Pacific coast.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Hurricane Agatha Strengthens South of Mexico

Description:

A nine hour time lapse of Hurricane Agatha strengthening south of southern Mexico, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM