1955 Pacific hurricane season

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1955 Pacific hurricane season
1955 Pacific hurricane season summary map.png
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedJune 6, 1953
Last system dissipatedOctober 16, 1953
Strongest storm
 • Maximum winds85 mph (140 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
Seasonal statistics
Total storms6
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
Total fatalities0
Total damageUnknown
Related articles
Pacific hurricane seasons
1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957

The 1955 Pacific hurricane seasons began on May 15, 1955, in the northeast Pacific Ocean and on June 1, 1955, in the central Pacific. They ended on November 30, 1955; these dates conventionally delimit the time of year when most tropical cyclones form in northeast Pacific Ocean.

Before the satellite age started in the 1960s, data on east Pacific hurricanes is extremely unreliable. Most east Pacific storms are of no threat to land. Six tropical systems were observed this season.


Hurricane One[edit]

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
01E 1955 track.png 
DurationJune 6 – June 8
Peak intensity85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane One existed from June 6 to June 8.

Tropical Storm Two[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
02E 1955 track.png 
DurationJune 8 – June 11
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Two existed from June 8 to June 11.

Tropical Storm Three[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
03E 1955 track.png 
DurationJuly 6 – July 9
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Three existed from July 6 to July 9.

Tropical Storm Four[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
04E 1955 track.png 
DurationSeptember 1 – September 5
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Four existed from September 1 to September 5.

Tropical Storm Five[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
05E 1955 track.png 
DurationOctober 1 – October 4
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

In early October, the remnants of Hurricane Janet entered the Pacific Ocean, which later re-organized into the fifth tropical storm of the Pacific hurricane season.[1] On October 1, the storm began to curve northwestward due to a ridge over Texas. Over the following days, however, a shortwave over the United States West Coast forced to the storm to the north and then east;[2] the tropical storm maintained the same intensity throughout its existence, before making landfall on Baja California Sur at 0600 UTC on October 3. The disturbance crossed back into the Gulf of California, where it dissipated the following day;[3] the remnants of the cyclone later moved into Sonora. In the United States, rainfall was spread throughout areas of Arizona and New Mexico. Stations in Tatum and Lovington, New Mexico, recorded peak rainfall totals in excess of 3 in (76 mm).[2]

Hurricane Six[edit]

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
06E 1955 track.png 
DurationOctober 15 – October 16
Peak intensity85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  999 mbar (hPa)

In mid-October, a hurricane hit southwestern Mexico

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United States Department of Commerce (1955). "Bulletins and Advisories Issued by Weather Bureau Airport Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Weather Bureau Office, Miami, Florida, and Weather Bureau Office, New Orleans, Louisiana, on Hurricane "Janet"" (PDF). United States Weather Bureau. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "The Effects of Tropical Cyclones on the Southwestern United States" (PDF). NOAA Technical Memorandum. National Weather Service Western Region. August 1986. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  3. ^ National Hurricane Center; Hurricane Research Division; Central Pacific Hurricane Center. "The Northeast and North Central Pacific hurricane database 1949–2017". United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service. A guide on how to read the database is available here.