Mexico may be a calm, relaxing place most of the year, but during hurricane season, everyone tends to be a little more “on their toes” than usual. That’s because beginning May 15 (for the eastern Pacific) and running to the very last day of November, Mother Nature has run of the Pacific side of Mexico.
Of the two hurricane regions in Mexico, the Pacific and the Atlantic, the Pacific is not only the first to begin, it’s often the more active of the two sides. Often sweeping upward in waters from the bottom of the country, hurricanes, or at least the threat of them, are frequent throughout the Pacific hurricane season.
During the 2017 year, for example, cities just south of Acapulco northward experienced several tropical downpours that were most felt during the months of September and October making the heavy rains feel nearly non-stop. Mudslides, landslides, busted river banks and flooded towns were common for a majority of the Fall months.
There were also a fair amount of tropical storms that hit the coastline from Acapulco up into Baja California Sur. As a matter of fact, the 2017 Pacific hurricane season was a fairly active season, with eighteen named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes. Despite the considerable amount of activity, most of these storms were weak and short-lived.
However, in 2017, Tropical Storm Adrian arrived outside the established hurricane season zone, threatening the Pacific coast May 10 and making him the earliest-known tropical storm in the East Pacific since the advent of satellite imagery.
While hurricanes are also common in many parts of the world, they are another aspect of life in Mexico and something else to add to your “concern” list if you’re considering a move along the Pacific coast.