[111] In the beginning of April, a tropical disturbance developed along the southern end of a stationary cold front west of Enewetak Atoll. [20] The JTWC maintained the system as a tropical depression until March 25, when a mid-latitude trough absorbed the system off the east coast of Vietnam. Tropical depressions that enter or form in the Philippine area of responsibility are assigned a name by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), which can result in the same storm having two names; in these cases both storm names are given below, with the PAGASA name in parentheses. 0600 UTC (11 p.m. PDT) – Hurricane Fausto becomes a category 4 hurricane. It turned to the west-northwest and stayed on that path for the next six days. [8], An area of convection developed on September 8 to the northeast of Luzon. It was an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation, in which tropical cyclones form in the western Pacific Ocean. 1200 UTC (5 a.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Fausto degenerates into a low. The JTWC estimated peak 1-minute winds of 270 km/h (165 mph), and the agency estimated that Fengshen was a super typhoon for five days. [37][41] Damage on the island totaled $60.5 million, and there were 23 injuries. 4, "Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Summary August 2002", "Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Summary January 2002", "Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Summary, March 2002", "Storm Data and Unusual Weather Phenomena with Late Reports and Corrections", "Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Tracks March 2002", "Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Summary May 2002", Pacific ENSO Update 3rd Quarter 2002-Vol. Soon after, it crossed into the western Pacific and briefly intensified into Tropical Storm Kalmaegi. It became a hurricane two days later, and briefly weakened back to tropical storm status before becoming a hurricane again on October 31. The Eastern and Central Pacific hurricane seasons officially ends. The seasons are limited to the north of the equator between the 100th meridian east and the 180th meridian . 0000 UTC (5 p.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Cristina dissipates. Typhoon Pongsona was the last typhoon of the 2002 Pacific typhoon season, and was the second costliest United States disaster in 2002, only behind Hurricane Lili. On June 7, the system briefly entered the area of responsibility of PAGASA, and the agency named it Espada. [10] A total of 170 mm (6.7 in) fell in one day at the Feitsui Dam, representing the highest daily total at that point in the year. [39], A tropical wave exited the west coast of Africa on July 8 and crossed the Atlantic without much development. In this verification we introduce the NOAA Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index to the NW Pacific for the first time. Most of the season's impact, including all casualties and most of the damage, was caused by Kenna. [54], Fausto's regeneration north of Hawaii was unusual but not unprecedented. It tracked northwestward within the monsoon trough,[22] steered by a mid-level ridge. 0600 UTC (8 p.m. HST) – Tropical Depression Two-C strengthens into a tropical storm and is named Ele. [16][nb 4], A tropical depression developed on August 10 east of the Philippines. NOTICE: This is in no way based on real life storms - the storms listed here are entirely fictional for the year, and do not represent the season in the physical world. They became Typhoon Ele and Typhoon Huko, keeping their original name and "C" suffix in their warnings by JTWC.[9]. [8] After an eye developed on December 5,[106] the storm attained typhoon status to the north of Chuuk. [8] Initially, the system absorbed nearby dry air, although the storm was able to continue developing deep convection. 2002 Pacific hurricane season summary map.png 3,000 × 1,854; 4.29 MB 2002 Pacific hurricane season summary.jpg 3,000 × 1,781; 321 KB 3-E 2002 track.png 1,024 × 633; 30 KB 0000 UTC (5 p.m. PDT) – Hurricane Hernan weakens into a category 2 hurricane. Passing a short distance south of Kyushu, Fung-wong dissipated later that day. [45] Douglas became a Category 2 hurricane on July 22, reaching peak winds of 105 miles per hour (170 km/h). [10] Fengshen gradually weakened while approaching Japan, and it crossed over the country's Ōsumi Islands on July 25 as a severe tropical storm. The following names were used for named storms that formed in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean during 2002. [8], On October 25, an organized area of convection persisted southeast of Wake Island. 0000 UTC (5 p.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Fourteen-E forms 325 miles (600 km) south of Acapulco, Mexico. 0000 UTC (2 p.m. October 25 HST) – Tropical Depression Three-C strengthens into a tropical storm and is named Huko. [8], Typhoon Pongsona was the last typhoon of the season, and was the second costliest disaster in 2002 in the United States and its territories. [82] In South Korea, Rusa killed at least 233 people,[83] making it the deadliest typhoon in over 43 years,[84] and caused $4.2 billion in damage. [93] Moving northeastward, Changmi became an extratropical cyclone on September 22, and gradually became more intense until crossing the International Date Line early on September 25. The following table does not include unnamed storms, and PAGASA names are in parenthesis. [97] The rains flooded houses across the country and caused mudslides. These names were contributed to a list of a 140 names submitted by the fourteen members nations and territories of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee. The 2002 Pacific typhoon season was an active season, with many tropical cyclones affecting Japan and China. 0000 UTC (5 p.m. PDT) – Hurricane Hernan strengthens into a category 4 hurricane. A total of 15 of the 26 storms became typhoons, a slightly higher than normal proportion. 0000 UTC (5 p.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Lowell dissipates. The depression never came near land and hence no one was killed or injured. [8], A circulation formed on July 7 in the South China Sea, with associated convection located to the south. [55] High rains also affected southeastern China,[10] and later Okinawa. It was forecast to become a tropical storm and pass close to the peninsula. [93] The next day, JMA again upgraded the system to a tropical depression,[8] and the JTWC issued a second TCFA when the system had a partially exposed circulation near an area of increasing convection. 1800 UTC (5 a.m. PDT) – Hurricane Hernan strengthens into a major hurricane. [10] Shortly thereafter, the JMA upgraded it to Tropical Storm Fung-Wong. All storms named by the JMA, as well as other notable tropical cyclones, have complete sections below. 1200 UTC (5 a.m. PDT) – Tropical Storm Julio weakens into a tropical depression. It quickly dissipated, although the system dropped heavy rainfall reaching 108 mm (4.3 in) at a station in the Paracel Islands. It dissipated on October 19. [18] The storm damaged 2,703 homes, including 215 that were destroyed. [1] In the eastern Pacific proper, the season saw below average activity in terms of the number of total storms and hurricanes, but about average activity in terms of major hurricanes. Overall, there were 26 named storms in the basin in 2002, which was slightly below the norm of 26.7. Other tropical cyclones have strengthened north of Hawaii, but the actual formation of one is rare. No deaths were attributed to this storm. Pages in category "2002 Pacific typhoon season" The following 14 pages are in this category, out of 14 total. [30][nb 4], After affecting Taiwan and China, Rammasun began weakening due to an approaching trough, which turned the typhoon northeastward. At that point, the cyclone encountered cooler waters, which caused it to weaken slowly, weakening to a depression on August 30. The next day, Boris degenerated into a remnant low. Iselle then degenerated into a remnant low the next day and rapidly degenerated, dissipating on September 20. With minimal wind shear, it quickly developed a circulation,[101] becoming a tropical depression on October 26. 0600 UTC (11 p.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Ten-E forms 340 miles (630 km) south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. [16] Rainfall was beneficial in alleviating drought conditions in Guangdong,[69] although further inland the rains occurred after months of deadly flooding. However, it did send heavy waves along the shores of Mexico. [85] Rusa also destroyed large areas of crops in the country, which was already affected by ongoing famine conditions. There was one death related to the storm's aftermath. 1800 UTC (5 a.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Hernan weakens into a remnant low pressure area. 17-W 2002 track.png 1,024 × 633; 183 KB [93] Early the next day, the JMA upgraded it to Tropical Storm Mekkhala, which quickly intensified to a peak intensity of 85 km/h (50 mph). 1800 UTC (2 a.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Three-C forms south of the Hawaiian Islands. [35], Boris dumped heavy rains on sections of the Mexican coast. [81] Over 17,000 houses were damaged, and large areas of crop fields were flooded. 1200 UTC (5 a.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Thirteen-E strengthens into a tropical storm and is named Julio. Tropical depressions in this basin have the "W" suffix added to their number when classified by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). 1200 UTC (5 a.m. PDT) – Hurricane Kenna strengthens into a category 4 hurricane. [8] The thunderstorms became detached from the circulation,[9] causing Ele to weaken to a tropical depression late on September 9. The next day, Kenna became the third Category 5 hurricane of the season. [8] It was a small storm, and while moving along the northern portion of the island, Nakri weakened as its convection diminished. [19], After affecting Yap, Mitag turned to the northwest and later to the north due to an approaching trough. [25] The threat of the storm prompted school closures and 20 airline flight cancellations. Typhoon Ele turned to the northwest after crossing the dateline and continued to strengthen. Other storms were individually unusual. In Guangdong, 330 houses were destroyed, and damage was estimated at $32.5 million. The combination of land interaction and wind shear caused dissipation that day. [21], After affecting the Philippines, the tropical depression dissipated in the South China Sea on August 14. It continued to intensify, peaking as a Category 4 on August 24, and also substantially increased in size. Julio turned to the northwest and peaked in intensity as a minimal tropical storm near Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán. 0600 UTC (11 p.m. PDT) – Tropical Storm Kenna dissipates. 02/02", "Tropical Cyclone Report Tropical Storm Lowell", "Monthly Global Tropical Cyclone Summary October 2002", "Tropical Cyclone Report Tropical Depression Sixteen-E", "Tropical Depression Sixteen-E Discussion Number 2", "Subject: B3) What names have been retired in the Atlantic and East Pacific basin? [108] Both Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands were declared federal disaster areas, which made federal funding available for repairing storm damage. Wind shear dissipated the depression on October 20.[101]. 16/02 Operations Update No. 0600 UTC (11 p.m. October 23 PDT) – Hurricane Kenna strengthens into a major hurricane. After contributing to the dissipation of Alika, Ele continued intensifying. The cyclone was nearly a tropical storm when it peaked on September 6. Two months later, Typhoon Mitag became the first super typhoon [nb 1] ever to be recorded in March. 2002 Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Season Track Map (click to enlarge) If you have trouble viewing linked files, obtain a free viewer for the file format: Adobe Acrobat (pdf) Google Earth (kml/kmz) Quick Links and Additional Resources. [12][nb 3] From June to September, heavy rainfall affected large portions of China, resulting in devastating flooding that killed over 1,500 people and left $8.2 billion (¥68 billion CNY) in damage. [44] Upon becoming a hurricane, Douglas was situated in low wind shear environment; however, Hurricane Douglas was expected to reach cold waters in 36 hours, and thus was not predicted to become a major hurricane. [8] It developed from the monsoon trough and was first observed by the JTWC two days before its formation. [5][6] Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) is a measure of the activity of a hurricane season. [9] Mekkhala remained a weak tropical storm until September 28, when it weakened to a tropical depression and dissipated soon after in the extreme northern portion of the Gulf of Tonkin. 1200 UTC (5 a.m. PDT) – Tropical Storm Lowell again weakens into a tropical depression. This is a table of all the storms that have formed in the 2002 Pacific hurricane season. [2] The group raised the number of predicted storms in April to 29.6, and again in early May to 30.5. [57], The monsoon trough spawned a tropical depression on July 13, which quickly intensified due to its small size. Dry air caused Huko to weaken slightly, and on November 4 the typhoon passed about 95 km (60 mi) northeast of Wake Island. Heavy rains were reported over parts of the Baja California Peninsula. 0600 UTC (11 p.m. PDT) – Tropical Depression Sixteen-E weakens into a remnant low pressure area. [10] The storm disrupted relief efforts following Chataan, causing additional power outages but little damage. Pres. [93] Late on September 21, the JMA upgraded the depression to Tropical Storm Changmi to the south of Japan. [21], The depression dropped heavy rainfall in the Philippines during its passage,[9] only weeks after several consecutive tropical systems caused deadly flooding in the country. The season ran throughout 2000, though typically most tropical cyclones develop between May and October. [22] On May 21, Hagibis became extratropical to the east of Japan after having weakened below typhoon intensity. [9], After affecting Okinawa, Sinlaku threatened northern Taiwan, which had been affected by two deadly typhoons in the previous year. It moved westward through a hostile environment of strong shear. Despite moving over waters that were still warm, wind shear weakened the system to a minimal Category 4 by the time of its landfall over Mexico late on October 25. 0600 UTC (8 p.m. November 2 HST) – Hurricane Huko moves out of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's Area of Responsibility. [9] On August 26, the storm moved across the Amami Islands of Japan,[8] where Rusa left 20,000 people without power and caused two fatalities. [8] It moved quickly to the west-northwest,[104] intensifying into Tropical Storm Haishen late on November 20 to the southeast of Guam. It moved westward and reached storm strength 12 hours after it formed. [6] The total ACE of the season was 101*104 kn2 in the east Pacific proper. 1800 UTC (5 a.m. PDT) – Tropical Storm Huko strengthens into a hurricane. [43], After affecting Guam, Halong quickly strengthened into a typhoon and reached its peak winds on July 12. The 2000 Pacific typhoon season marked the first year using names contributed by the World Meteorological Organization. [8] On two occasions, the JTWC assessed Maysak as briefly intensifying into a typhoon,[102] based on an eye feature, although increased shear later caused weakening. That time, another TUTT absorbed the remnant of Hurricane Ilsa, which led to the formation of an unnamed hurricane at high latitude. [10], Only three systems, Tropical Storms Boris and Julio and Hurricane Kenna, had significant impact on land. [10] Three people were electrocuted, and flash flooding killed at least two people. Maysak entered the basin on October 30 and became an extratropical cyclone on the next day. Elida had no direct impact on land. [8] The typhoon turned to the northeast due to an approaching trough,[9] although Ele resumed its previous north-northwest motion after a ridge built behind the trough. [22] Hagibis only maintained its peak for about 12 hours,[8] after which the eye began weakening. The next four names that were slated for use in 2002 are shown below. [9] That day, the storm passed just west of Okinawa, and shortly thereafter Nakri weakened to a tropical depression,[8] after experiencing cooler waters and increasing shear. 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