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2020 Pacific Hurricane Season
East Pacific Blue Marble
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedMay 14, 2020
Last system dissipatedDecember 9, 2020
Strongest storm
NameFausto
 • Maximum winds170 mph (270 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure913 mbar (hPa; 26.96 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions23
Total storms18
Hurricanes11
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
5
Total fatalities28
Total damage$4.02 billion (2020 USD)
Pacific hurricane seasons

The 2020 Pacific hurricane season was an above average season that produced approximately 18 named storms, with 11 of them becoming hurricanes, and 5 of them becoming major hurricanes. The season officially began on May 15, 2020, and ended on November 30, 2020. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the East Pacific basin. The first system of the season, Amanda, formed on May 14, just prior to the official start of the hurricane season. while the final storm of the season, Rachel, dissipated on December 9, a few days after the end of the season.

Seasonal Timeline

2020EPacTimelineHHJ

Systems

Hurricane Amanda

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Amanda2020ImageHHJ Amanda2020TrackHHJ
DurationMay 14 – May 22
Peak intensity95 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  971 mbar (hPa)
Early on May 13, the NHC began to monitor an off-season disturbance located a couple hundred miles off the coast of Mexico. over the next 36 hours, the disturbance slowly organized and showed signs of development. On May 14, recon planes found a center of circulation and the disturbance was designated as Tropical Depression One-E.

Tropical Depression Two-E

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north TwoE2020TrackHHJ
DurationJune 7 – June 9
Peak intensity30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1011 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Boris

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north Boris2020TrackHHJ
DurationJune 16 – June 18
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Cristina

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Cristina2020ImageHHJ Cristina2020TrackHHJ
DurationJune 19 – June 25
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  980 mbar (hPa)
On June 18, the NHC began monitoring a disturbed tropical low located just off the coast of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Douglas

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north Douglas2020Track
DurationJune 27 – June 30
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Elida

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Elida2020Image Elida2020TrackHHJ
DurationJuly 2 – July 8
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  995 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Fausto

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Fausto2020ImageHHJ Fausto2020TrackHHJ
DurationJuly 3 – July 18
Peak intensity170 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  913 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Genevieve

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Genevieve2020ImageHHJ Genevieve2020TrackHHJ
DurationJuly 6 – July 13
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  949 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Hernan

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north Hernan2020TrackHHJ
DurationJuly 19 – July 23
Peak intensity55 mph (90 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Ten-E

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationJuly 23 – July 26
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1006 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Eleven-E

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north ElevenE2020TrackHHJ
DurationAugust 2 – August 4
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1009 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Iselle

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north Iselle2020TrackHHJ
DurationAugust 8 – August 15
Peak intensity85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  974 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Julio

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north Julio2020TrackHHJ
DurationAugust 9 – August 24
Peak intensity145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  939 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Karina

Main Article: Hurricane Karina
Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Karina2020ImageHHJ Karina2020TrackHHJ
DurationAugust 22 – August 27
Peak intensity140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  927 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Hone

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationAugust 28 – September 1
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  999 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Lowell

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationSeptember 7 – September 13
Peak intensity95 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  968 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Marie

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationSeptember 18 – September 23
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  988 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Seventeen-E

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationOctober 5 – October 7
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1008 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Norbert

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationOctober 10 – October 17
Peak intensity130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)  954 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Odalys

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationOctober 28 – November 3
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Polo

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationNovember 8 – November 14
Peak intensity105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  964 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Twenty-one-E

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationNovember 18 – November 21
Peak intensity30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1010 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Rachel

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Temporary cyclone north 
DurationDecember 5 – December 9
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Storm Names

The following names were used for named storms that formed in the northeastern Pacific ocean in 2020. The names not retired from this list were used again in the 2026 season. This is the same list used for the 2014 season, with the exceptions of Odalys, which replaced Odile. Names that were not assigned are marked in gray.

  • Amanda
  • Boris
  • Cristina
  • Douglas
  • Elida
  • Fausto
  • Genevieve
  • Hernan
  • Iselle
  • Julio
  • Karina
  • Lowell
  • Marie
  • Norbert
  • Odalys
  • Polo
  • Rachel
  • Simon (unused)
  • Trudy (unused)
  • Vance (unused)
  • Winnie (unused)
  • Xavier (unused)
  • Yolanda (unused)
  • Zeke (unused)

For storms that form in the Central Pacific Hurricane Center's area of responsibility, encompassing the area between 140°W and the International Date Line, all names are used in a series of four rotating lists.[79] The next four names slated for use are shown below. One name, Hone, was used.

  • Hone
  • Iona (unused)
  • Keli (unused)
  • Lala (unused)

Retirement

In April 2021, the World Meteorological Organization retired the name Karina from its rotating name list due to the amounts of damages and deaths the storm caused. It was replaced with Khloe for the 2026 season.

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