Hurricane Earl may have been downgraded to a tropical storm, but that doesn’t mean its impacts won’t still be felt as torrential rains and gusty winds move through Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.
Some forecasters this morning are talking about a tehuantepecer (Tay-wahn-a-pecker) as a possible impact of the storm.
According to the American Meteorological Society, a tehuantepecer is a “violent” squally wind from the north or northeast of the Gulf of Tehuantepec.
The wind starts in the Gulf of Mexico and gets squeezed between a gap in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
It’s usually a winter occurrence, but as Earl’s counterclockwise flow moves over the region, it could force strong winds through the gap. That funneling action can increase wind speeds, just like putting your thumb over a hose nozzle can increase the force of water coming out.
National Hurricane Center forecasters said this morning that some forecast models show a tropical cyclone developing off the Pacific coast of Mexico during the next five days.
While this won’t be Earl, it will likely be associated with the remnants of the storm.