Eight Tropical Cyclones At Once in the Pacific Ocean For First Time Since 1974

There were eight separate tropical cyclones active at one time on July 22 over the north Pacific Ocean.

This was a first in more than four decades.

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8 tropical cyclones in Pacific Ocean on July 22 2017. First time since 1974. via Twitter

Although it’s not unheard of to see multiple tropical cyclones at the same time, this is impressive on any scale. The north Pacific Ocean pulled off an impressive feat with eight tropical cyclones spinning at one time Saturday, July 22, something that hasn’t been accomplished in more than four decades.

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Satellite image of the east and central Pacific from July 22, 2017 with four simultaneous tropical cyclones. via Weather.com

In the central and eastern Pacific Ocean on Saturday were two named storms, Fernanda and Greg, along with Tropical Depression Nine-E and Tropical Depression Ten-E. The two tropical depressions eventually went on to become Hilary and Irwin.

Meanwhile, the western Pacific Ocean had Noru, Kulap, Roke and Tropical Depression Eight-W all spinning in parts of that basin. Tropical Depression Eight-W would later become Tropical Storm Sonca.

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Satellite image of the western Pacific Ocean from July 22, 2017 with four simultaneous tropical cyclones. via Weather.com

The majority of the eight tropical cyclones observed Saturday will never affect land directly. The exceptions are Roke, which brought heavy rain to southeast China, and Sonca which could soak China’s Hainan Island.

Eight tropical cyclones have not roamed the north Pacific Ocean simultaneously since 1974. In comparison, there have been as many as five active Atlantic tropical cyclones at one time, from September 11-12, 1971.

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