[Daily article] May 19: 2003 Pacific hurricane season

The 2003 Pacific hurricane season produced tropical cyclones that mainly
affected Mexico. Hurricane Ignacio killed 2 people in Mexico and Marty
killed 12; together they were responsible for damage worth about
$1 billion. Two other Pacific hurricanes, one Pacific tropical storm
and three Atlantic storms also had a direct impact on Mexico. The only
other significant storm of the season was Hurricane Jimena, which passed
just to the south of the island of Hawaii, becoming the first storm in
several years to directly threaten the island. The season officially
started on May 15, 2003, in the eastern Pacific, and on June 1, 2003, in
the central Pacific, lasting until November 30, 2003. These dates
conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical
cyclones form in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. There were 16 named
storms, including 7 hurricanes; both totals are comparable with the
long-term averages. This was the first Pacific hurricane season since
1977 with no major hurricanes, that is, storms Category 3 or higher on
the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Thirteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of
Henry VIII of England, was married by proxy to his brother, 12-year-old
Arthur, Prince of Wales.


American Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison west of
Montreal surrendered to British troops in the Battle of The Cedars.


Captain Sir John Franklin and his ill-fated Arctic expedition
departed from Greenhithe, England; the entire 129-man complement would
be lost.


Parks Canada, the world’s first national park service, was
established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the


Despite a boycott by the local Serb population, voters in
Croatia passed a referendum supporting independence from the Socialist
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. Relatively short or low, and thick or broad.
2. Sitting on the hams or heels; sitting close to the ground; cowering;

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Of course, relative citation frequencies are no measure of
relative importance. Who has not aspired to write a paper so fundamental
that very soon it is known to everyone and cited by no one?  
–Abraham Pais

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