Tropical Storms Amanda and Cristobal 2020

Start Date

June 5, 2020

Overview

Tropical Storm Amanda, the first of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season, formed on Sunday, May 31, along the coast of Guatemala and quickly moved inland, bringing heavy rainfall and flooding to El Salvador and Guatemala. The remnants of the storm system then re-formed as Tropical Depression 03L over Mexico’s Gulf of Campeche, and on June 2, 2020 strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal. As of Friday June 5th current weather models from the National Hurricane Center predict that Cristobal will move northward in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and over the weekend, and will potentially make landfall in Louisiana as a Tropical Storm. 

On May 31, 2020, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of developing Tropical Storm Amanda in the eastern Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Guatemala. Credit: NASA Worldview

On May 31, 2020, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of developing Tropical Storm Amanda in the eastern Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Guatemala. Credit: NASA Worldview

Tropical Storm Amanda, the first of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season, formed on Sunday, May 31, along the coast of Guatemala and quickly moved inland, bringing heavy rainfall and flooding to El Salvador and Guatemala. The remnants of the storm system then re-formed as Tropical Depression 03L over Mexico’s Gulf of Campeche, and on June 2, 2020 strengthened into Tropical Storm Cristobal. As of Friday June 5th current weather models from the National Hurricane Center predict that Cristobal will move northward in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and over the weekend, and will potentially make landfall in Louisiana as a Tropical Storm. 

This inundation map produced by the UMD Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS) using NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission data shows areas that are flooded in El Salvador and surrounding regions on May 31st, 2020 from Cyclone Amanda.

This inundation map produced by the UMD Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS) using NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission data shows areas that are flooded in El Salvador and surrounding regions on May 31st, 2020 from Cyclone Amanda. 

The NASA Earth Applied Science Disasters Program has activated to Tier 1 in support of Cyclones Amanda and Cristobal and is monitoring the situation to determine what NASA resources and capabilities may be available to support risk management for these events

Latest Updates

June 6, 2020
GPM IMERG estimated rainfall totals from Tropical Storms Amanda and Cristobal from May 27th - June 5th, 2020. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is off to a busy start. By the first week of June, Tropical Storm Arthur had already brushed North Carolina, Tropical Storm Bertha had drenched South Carolina, and the third named storm of the year— Cristobal—was dropping torrential rain on the Yucatán Peninsula. The storm first developed in the Pacific in late May as Tropical Storm Amanda, spinning off the southern end of a seasonal low-pressure pattern called the Central American Gyre. After making landfall in Guatemala and causing deadly floods in El Salvador, Amanda weakened and became less organized as...