WASHINGTON POST – Fueled by the very warm waters of an ever-strengthening El Niño, the 2015 Pacific hurricane season reached new heights over the weekend thanks to hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena, whirling elegantly across the ocean — no threat to land.
For the first time on record, two major hurricanes — Category 3 or stronger — were churning in the central Pacific Ocean on Sunday. Hurricane Kilo, which formed as a tropical depression south of Hawaii 10 days ago, is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane tracking west. Hurricane Ignacio, which peaked on Sunday as a Category 4 with 145 mph winds, is skirting north of Hawaii. As of 11 a.m. Monday, Ignacio has weakened to a Category 2.
Even more astonishingly, if you add the easternmost Hurricane Jimena to the mix, Sunday was the first time that three Category 4 hurricanes have been present at the same time in the entire northeast Pacific Ocean.
Hurricane Jimena is a thing of beauty on satellite — near-meteorological perfection and spinning like a top as a Category 4 with sustained winds of 150 mph. Jimena is forecast to maintain its Category 4 intensity through Tuesday evening before gradually weakening as it turns northwest and away from Hawaii.
The best part of it all is that none of these storms threaten landfall.