If the satellite image above doesn’t make your skin crawl then you’ve got eh, skin made of steel. A very rare meteorological event occurred on Saturday when three Category 4 hurricanes plowed through the Pacific Ocean at the same time. The three hurricanes, Hurricane Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio, and Hurricane Jimena [cricket] had all reached sustained wind speeds of at least 130 MPH at the same time turning the Pacific Ocean into the world’s largest blender. How rare is this weather event? It is the first time in recorded history of three Category 4 hurricanes in central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time. In fact, it’s the first time with three major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger) in those basins simultaneously.
As of the time of this writing, both Kilo and Ignacio had weakened to Category 3 hurricanes but Jimena [cricket] is still going strong. Scientists say the cause of this extraordinary beginning of the hurricane season is El Nino but Reeko says,
“Bleh, technically maybe, but the impressively warm water due to global warming is the root cause of all evil weather and the leading cause of bad breath.”
El Nino is an anomalous, yet periodic, warming of the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. For reasons still not well understood, every 2 to 7 years, this patch of ocean warms for a period of 6 to 18 months.