Second Hurricane of the Season Hurricane Bud Nears Western Mexico
MEXICO - While just last week, Hurricane Aletta kicked off the hurricane season, Hurricane Bud is already strengthening and brewing off the coast of western Mexico, according to an AccuWeather report.
“Bud is moving within an environment of low wind shear, moist air, and warm ocean water,” said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. “[Its current] track will take Bud over cooler waters, causing it to begin weakening on Tuesday.”
AccuWeather experts expect Bud, the second major hurricane of the season, to continue towards the northwest over the next couple of days, which will keep the tropical system off the coast of Mexico, but bring heavy rainfall—anywhere from 4 to 12 inches—thunderstorms, winds, and possible mudslides and flooding across southern Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco through midweek.
Instead of curving westward like Aletta, AccuWeather predicts Bud will head towards Baja California, passing over cooler waters and weakening into a tropical storm that will hit the region with showers and thunderstorms beginning Thursday and carrying on into the weekend. Despite weakening, Bud still could make landfall later this week as well as bring some locally damaging winds.
While the drought-stricken areas in the southwestern United States could benefit from the moisture of this storm, the region could also experience flash flooding if rain develops too quickly.
And Bud will probably not be the last hurricane of the season, with AccuWeather meteorologists anticipating the East Pacific basin remaining active as an above-normal number of tropical cyclones remain in the forecast.
During this time of the year, asparagus, avocados, blueberries, garlic, and mangos are grown in Mexico, but no reports have surfaced regarding the hurricane season's effect on these crops.