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Hurricane Patricia was an extreme tropical cyclone that was thought unable to develop in the eastern Pacific basin. The tropical cyclone orginated from a disturbance in relation to an ongoing gap wind event on October 17. By October 20, the disturbance had developed a closed surface low, and was classified as the 20th tropical depression of the eastern Pacific season. Ongoing shear from the still ongoing gap wind event caused a slow intensification until the system dissipated, allowing the depression to become Tropical Storm Patricia. Late on October 21, Patricia began a steady intensification, until becoming a hurricane the following day. Once a hurricane, Patricia began an impressive period of explosive deepening, going from winds of 85 mph to 205 mph within an 18 hour period, and attaining an estimated pressure of 870 mbar by 1200 UTC on October 23. Later that day, Patricia began an eyewall replacement cycle, exposing the system to shear from the northwest.Patricia then went to make landfall near Cuixmala, Mexico with 150 mph winds. After moving inland, Patricia weakened rapidly, and weakened to a remnant low by 1200 UTC the next day over the mountains of Mexico.During the storms life, Patricia caused the deaths of 13 people, and $460 million in damages.

SSHWS category 1-min winds Pressure Location Date and time ACE generated
Tropical Depression 30 mph 1007 mbar 13.4N, 94.0W 20/10/2015 0600 UTC N/A
Tropical Depression 35 mph 1006 mbar 13.3N, 94.2W 20/10/2015 1200 UTC N/A
Tropical Depression 35 mph 1006 mbar 13.2N, 94.6W 20/10/2015 1800 UTC N/A
Tropical Storm 40 mph 1004 mbar 13.1N, 95.1W 21/10/2015 0000 UTC 0.1225
Tropical Storm 40 mph 1004 mbar 12.9N, 96.2W 21/10/2015 0600 UTC 0.1225
Tropical Storm 45 mph 1001 mbar 12.9N, 97.4W 21/10/2015 1200 UTC 0.1600
Tropical Storm 60 mph 997 mbar 13.1N, 98.7W 21/10/2015 1800 UTC 0.2500
Tropical Storm 70 mph 991 mbar 13.4N, 100.1W 22/10/2015 0000 UTC 0.3600
Category 1 hurricane 85 mph 981 mbar 14.0N, 101.7W 22/10/2015 0600 UTC 0.5625
Category 2 hurricane 105 mph 969 mbar 14.6N, 103.1W 22/10/2015 1200 UTC 0.8100
Category 4 hurricane 130 mph 957 mbar 15.2N, 104.2W 22/10/2015 1800 UTC 1.3225
Category 5 hurricane 175 mph 920 mbar 15.8N, 104.9W 23/10/2015 0000 UTC 2.2500
Category 5 hurricane 190 mph 886 mbar 16.5N, 105.4W 23/10/2015 0600 UTC 2.7225
Category 5 hurricane 205 mph 870 mbar 17.3N, 105.6W 23/10/2015 1200 UTC 3.2400
Category 5 hurricane 200 mph 878 mbar 18.3N, 105.3W 23/10/2015 1800 UTC 3.0625
Category 3 hurricane 125 mph 946 mbar 19.6N, 104.9W 24/10/2015 0000 UTC 1.2100
Tropical Storm 60 mph 985 mbar 21.6N, 103.8W 24/10/2015 0600 UTC 0.2500
Tropical Depression 30 mph 1000 mbar 23.2N, 102.3W 24/10/2015 1200 UTC N/A
Total ACE 16.4450 units

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