Hurricane Vance Off Mexico •

Last update: December 6th, 2019 at 8:00 am

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this true-color of the Hurricane Vance on November 2, 2014. At the time this image was taken, Vance had already achieved its peak strength of about 110 mph (177 km/h), and was being challenged by wind shear as it moved towards the northwestern coast of Mexico.

The eastern quadrant of the storm covered Socorro Island and stretched as far east as Puerto Vallarta. Around the center of circulation were a thick band of strong thunderstorms that appeared bright white on the MODIS image. Vance’s eye was no longer visible as it had filled in with clouds.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported at 10 a.m. EST (1500 UTC) on November 4 that Vance’s maximum sustained winds had decreased to 85 mph (140 km/h) and rapid weakening was forecast. The center of Hurricane Vance was located near latitude 19.3 north and longitude 109.6 west. That puts the center of Vance about 100 miles (155 km) east-northeast of Socorro Island.

Vance continued to deteriorate, and moved ashore southeast of Mazatlan, Mexico on November 5 as a weakening tropical depression. Just a few hours after landfall, the storm dissipated. Vance was the 20th named storm in the 2014 Eastern Pacific Hurricane season.


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