1988 Pacific hurricane season

Period of formation of tropical cyclones in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 1988

The 1988 Pacific hurricane season officially started May 15, 1988 in the eastern Pacific, and June 1, 1988 in the central Pacific, and lasted until November 30, 1988. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the northeastern Pacific Ocean.

1988 Pacific hurricane season
Season summary map
First storm formed June 15, 1988
Last storm dissipated November 2, 1988
Strongest storm Hector – 145 mph (230 km/h)
Total storms 23
Hurricanes 7
Major hurricanes (Cat. 3+) 3
Total fatalities Unknown
Total damage Unknown
Pacific hurricane seasons
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Despite there being twenty-three tropical cyclones, there were very few notable storms this year. Only four storms came anywhere near to threatening land. Tropical Storm Aletta and Hurricane Kristy both caused minor flooding in Mexico. Elsewhere, Uleki was a central north Pacific hurricane that crossed the dateline and became a typhoon. In addition, Tropical Depression Seventeen-E and Tropical Storm Miriam both entered from the Atlantic Ocean, were they were called Hurricane Debby and Hurricane Joan, respectively.


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Tropical cyclones of the 1988 Pacific hurricane season

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5
Note: Entries * refer to the Central Pacific System