Eastern Pacific season begins

May 15, 2006

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
0400 AM PDT MON MAY 15 2006

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

A BROAD AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER IS LOCATED SEVERAL
HUNDRED MILES SOUTH OF ACAPULCO MEXICO.  WHILE SHOWER AND
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY HAS BEEN GRADUALLY INCREASING OVER THE LAST
SEVERAL DAYS...THERE IS LITTLE ORGANIZATION AT THIS TIME.
DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM...IF ANY...SHOULD BE SLOW TO OCCUR AS
IT MOVES SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AT 5 TO 10 MPH. 

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL STORM FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED THROUGH
TUESDAY.

TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC HURRICANE
SEASON...WHICH WILL RUN THROUGH THE END OF NOVEMBER.  

THE LIST OF NAMES FOR 2006 IS AS FOLLOWS:

NAME           PRONUNCIATION    NAME            PRONUNCIATION
-------------------------------------------------------------
ALETTA         A LET- A         MIRIAM
BUD                             NORMAN
CARLOTTA                        OLIVIA
DANIEL                          PAUL
EMILIA         EE MILL- YA      ROSA
FABIO          FAH- BEE O       SERGIO          SIR- GEE OH
GILMA                           TARA
HECTOR                          VICENTE         VEE CEN- TAY
ILEANA         ILL AY AH- NAH   WILLA
JOHN                            XAVIER          ZAY- VIER
KRISTY                          YOLANDA         YO LAHN- DA
LANE                            ZEKE

THIS PRODUCT...THE TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK...IS ISSUED FOUR TIMES
A DAY...AT 4 AM...10 AM...4 PM AND 10 PM PACIFIC TIME. IT BRIEFLY 
DESCRIBES SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF DISTURBED WEATHER AND THEIR
POTENTIAL FOR TROPICAL STORM FORMATION.

A SEPARATE PRODUCT...THE SPECIAL TROPICAL DISTURBANCE 
STATEMENT...MAY BE ISSUED AT ANY TIME TO DESCRIBE STRONG...
FORMATIVE  WEATHER SYSTEMS THAT HAVE NOT YET REACHED TROPICAL
DEPRESSION STATUS. THE SPECIAL TROPICAL DISTURBANCE STATEMENT IS
ISSUED UNDER THE WMO HEADER WOPZ41 KNHC AND UNDER AWIPS HEADER
MIADSAEP.

A STANDARD PACKAGE OF PRODUCTS...CONSISTING OF THE TROPICAL CYCLONE 
FORECAST/ADVISORY...AND THE CYCLONE DISCUSSION...IS ISSUED EVERY 
SIX HOURS FOR ALL ONGOING TROPICAL CYCLONES.  PUBLIC ADVISORIES ARE 
ALSO ISSUED FOR TROPICAL CYCLONES THREATENING LAND AREAS.  IN 
ADDITION...A SPECIAL ADVISORY PACKAGE MAY BE ISSUED AT ANY TIME TO 
ADVISE OF SIGNIFICANT UNEXPECTED CHANGES OR TO MODIFY WATCHES OR 
WARNINGS.

AN ADDITIONAL PRODUCT...OF WHICH USERS MAY BE LESS FAMILIAR...IS
THE  TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE.  THE TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE IS A
BRIEF  STATEMENT TO INFORM OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN A TROPICAL
CYCLONE OR TO POST OR CANCEL WATCHES OR WARNINGS.  IT IS USED IN
LIEU OF OR TO PRECEDE THE ISSUANCE OF A SPECIAL ADVISORY PACKAGE. 
TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATES...WHICH CAN BE ISSUED AT ANY TIME...CAN BE
FOUND UNDER WMO HEADERS WTPZ61 KNHC THROUGH WTPZ65 KNHC...AND UNDER
AWIPS HEADER MIATCUEP.

FORECASTER BEVEN
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