On July 6, 2013 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Erick spinning just offshore of Mexico. At that time (20:30 UTC /1:30 p.m. PDT) the storm had a tightly-wound apostrophe shape, a cloud-filled center, and was battering the coast with heavy rain and wind. To the west of Erick’s dramatic rain bands, a small circle of clouds marks the remains of Hurricane Dahlia, an earlier storm that churned in the region from June 30 – July 7.
At 5 a.m. PDT (8 a.m. EDT) on that same day, center of Tropical Storm Erick was about 85 mi (135 km) south of the southern tip of Baja California, near latitude 21.7 north and longitude 109.7 west. Maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (85 km/h), and the estimated minimum central pressure is 998 millibars, and Hurricane Eric was moving to the northwest, away from land. Just a half-hour after this image was captured, the storm was already weakening, with maximum sustained winds reported at 80 mph (120 km/h).
The storm formed from a depression in the Gulf of Tehuantepec on July 5 and was named Tropical Storm Erick at 0300 UTC that same day. Broad tropical storm warnings were issued on Mexico’s western coast, and heavy rain followed. Flooding and landslides occurred in various areas. At 15:00 UTC the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued the last advisory on Erick. At that time, Erick was a post-tropical cycle and transitioning to a remnant low.