Erick formed well to the southwest of Mexico and soon moved over cool waters resulting in weakening.
Erick apparently formed from a poorly-defined tropical wave that traveled westward across the tropical Atlantic and reached the eastern North Pacific on 16 July. The thunderstorm activity associated with the wave increased on the 18th when the disturbance was centered about 700 n mi south of the southern tip of Baja California. Thereafter, deep convection gradually developed around a large cyclonic gyre which accompanied the wave. It was not until 1800 UTC 20 July that a well-defined center of circulation formed and satellite intensity estimates supported tropical depression status. Moving on a general west-northwest track, the system became a tropical storm and reached maximum winds of 35 knots and 1001 mb minimum pressure 1200 UTC 22 July. It then moved over relatively cooler waters and weakened as the deep convection quickly vanished. By 0000 UTC 24 July, it was just a non-convective and dissipating swirl of low clouds, although some showers re-developed intermittently.
Table 1 gives the best track positions and intensities of Erick at six-hourly intervals. Figure 1 shows a plot of this track. Figure 2 and Figure 3 depict the curves of maximum one-minute average "surface" (10 m above sea-level) wind speed and minimum central sea-level pressure, respectively, as functions of time. Also plotted are the observations on which the curves are based. These consist of Dvorak-technique estimates using satellite imagery by the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB), the Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB), and the U.S. Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA). Data from several QuikSCAT passes helped to identify the initial closed low-level circulation associated with the tropical cyclone, as well as its intensity.
No reports of casualties or damage associated with Erick have been received.
Erick was a tropical storm for less than 48 hours. However, the limited sample indicates that the NCEP Global Model performed remarkably well and somewhat better than the official forecast. The official intensity forecasts captured quite well both the development and the weakening trends of Erick.
|Lat. (°N)||Lon. (°W)|
|20 / 1800||13.9||117.4||1007||30||tropical depression|
|21 / 0000||14.3||118.1||1007||30||"|
|21 / 0600||14.9||118.8||1007||30||"|
|21 / 1200||15.5||119.6||1007||30||"|
|21 / 1800||16.2||120.4||1005||35||tropical storm|
|22 / 0000||17.0||121.5||1005||35||"|
|22 / 0600||17.7||122.3||1005||35||"|
|22 / 1200||18.5||123.3||1001||35||"|
|22 / 1800||19.2||124.5||1002||35||"|
|23 / 0000||19.6||125.6||1002||35||"|
|23 / 0600||20.0||126.5||1003||35||"|
|23 / 1200||20.4||127.4||1005||30||tropical depression|
|23 / 1800||20.8||128.0||1006||30||"|
|24 / 0000||21.1||128.6||1008||25||"|
|22 / 1200||18.5||123.3||1001||35||minimum pressure|
Figure 1: Best track positions for Tropical Storm Erick, 20-24 July 2001.
Figure 2: Best track maximum sustained 1-minute 10 meter wind speed curve for Tropical Storm Erick, 20-24 July 2001.
Figure 3: Best track minimum central pressure curve for Tropical Storm Erick, 20-24 July 2001.