First Pacific hurricane of 2018 explodes to Category 4

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First Pacific hurricane of 2018 explodes to Category 4

Aletta grew into the first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season Thursday, though forecasters said it continued to move out to sea away from the coast of Mexico and posed no threat to land.

The Eastern Pacific hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30. The hurricane is moving towards the west at a speed of 7 kilometers (5 miles) per hour, which will keep it well away from any land. It boasts a handsome presence on satellite imagery, nearly perfectly symmetric and featuring a well-defined eye.

Centered just under 500 miles south of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Aletta transformed from a tropical storm into a Category 4 hurricane in just 24 hours.

Zoomed out view of Hurricane Aletta, June 8. Aletta should strengthen over the next couple days before weakening back to a tropical storm midday Sunday and a tropical depression midday Tuesday.

If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be named Bud.

The Weather Channel reported the average date when the first named storm forms in the Eastern Pacific Basin is June 10, according to NHS data from 1971 to 2009. Computer models suggest moisture from this system could get drawn up into the Desert Southwest late next week feeding afternoon showers and storms.

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