Hurricane Pali (2016)
Category 2 hurricane (SSHS)
Pali 2016-01-12 2135Z

Pali at peak intensity.
Formed January 7, 2016
Dissipated January 15, 2016
Accumulated Cyclone Energy 9.0475
Highest winds 100
Lowest pressure 977 mbar
Damages None
Direct Fatalities 0
Indirect Fatalities 0
Missing 0
Areas affected None
Part of the
2016 Pacific hurricane season

Hurricane Pali was a hurricane that was known for being the earliest recorded storm in the Pacific Basin. Pali shattered the record of 1989's Winona by six days. An extremely early season storm, Pali was the first of the 2016 Pacific hurricane season. It developed near the Equator, and it became a tropical storm at barely 5°N. The system was named Pali when it became a tropical storm. Pali stayed over open water and strengthened to winds of 100 mph (160 km/h) and a pressure of 977 millibars.

Meteorological historyEdit

Pali 2016 track

The track of Hurricane Pali.

At the onset of 2016, the dissipating Tropical Depression Nine-C left behind a large area of moisture across the equatorial Pacific. A powerful westerly wind burst—a feature commonly associated with strong El Niño events—spurred cyclogenesis within the disturbance, resulting in the formation of an area of low pressure. Fueled by unusually high sea surface temperatures, estimated at 29.5°C, the system gradually coalesced into a tropical depression on January 7. This marked the earliest formation of a tropical cyclone on record in the Central Pacific, surpassing 1989's Tropical Storm Winona by six days. It soon strengthened into a tropical storm, becoming the earliest such system in the northeastern Pacific on record. Pali attained a peak intensity of 65 mph and 994 millibars on January 8 as it turned WNW and started to curve south. Pali weakened to a minimal tropical storm on January 9, but re-gained its wind speed on January 10. Pali then reintensified to a moderate Category 1 hurricane—the earliest such on record. Pali later intensified into a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph (160 km/h) and a pressure of 977 millibars.

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