2003 Pacific hurricane season

Period of formation of tropical cyclones in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2003

The 2003 Pacific hurricane season saw an strangely big number of tropical cyclones affect Mexico. The biggest cyclones in 2003 were Hurricanes Ignacio (which killed 2 people in Mexico) and Marty (which killed 12 people in Mexico). Those hurricanes were responsible for nearly $1 billion (2003 USD) in damage. Three other Pacific storms and three Atlantic storms also affected Mexico. The only other big storm of the season was Hurricane Jimena. Hurricane Jimena passed just to the south of Hawaii. Hurricane Jimena was the first storm to go near Hawaii for several years.

2003 Pacific hurricane season
Season summary map
First storm formed May 19, 2003
Last storm dissipated October 26, 2003
Strongest storm Nora - 969 mbar (hPa), 105 mph (165 km/h) –
Total fatalities 14
Total damage $1 billion (2003 USD)
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

The season officially started on May 15, 2003 in the eastern Pacific, and on June 1, 2003 in the central Pacific, and lasted until November 30, 2003. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. The season saw 16 tropical storms form, which is about average. However, this season was the first Pacific hurricane season since 1977 to have no systems become major hurricanes by reaching Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.



Hurricane Marty

Category 2 hurricane
DurationSeptember 18 – September 24
Peak intensity100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)

Marty killed 12 and destroyed 4,000 homes in Baja California.

Hurricane Nora

Category 2 hurricane
DurationOctober 1 – October 9
Peak intensity105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  969 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Nora was the strongest hurricane in the eastern Pacific Ocean in 2003.

Other Storms

  • Tropical Storm Andres
  • Tropical Storm Blanca
  • Tropical Storm Carlos
  • Tropical Storm Dolores
  • Tropical Storm Enrique
  • Tropical Storm Felicia
  • Tropical Storm Guillermo
  • Tropical Storm Hilda
  • Tropical Depression One-C
  • Hurricane Ignacio
  • Hurricane Jimena
  • Tropical Storm Kevin
  • Hurricane Linda
  • Hurricane Olaf
  • Hurricane Patricia

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Tropical cyclones of the 2003 Pacific hurricane season

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