Jimena weakening over the Gulf of California

posted Jul 11, 2012, 6:41 PM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 6:41 PM ]
At 500 am PDT/1200 UTC the center of Tropical Storm Jimena was located near latitude 27.8 north/longitude 112.4 west or about 35 miles/55 km north-northwest of Santa Rosalia Mexico. Jimena is moving toward the north near 6 mph/10 km/hr. A turn toward the northwest then west with a decrease in forward speed is expected later today followed by a turn toward the southwest on Friday.

On the forecast track the center of Jimena will be near the East Coast of the central Baja California peninsula today then move inland over Baja California by tonight. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph/85km/hr with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the next couple of days and Jimena could weaken to a tropical depression by tonight.