Under light wind shear, Javier continued to
strengthen and reached hurricane status around noon
12 September. It then moved slowly between the west-northwest and northwest around the
periphery of a subtropical ridge centered over Mexico. Thereafter, Javier intensified at a rapid
rate as indicated by the quick development of a distinct eye. The hurricane reached its estimated
peak intensity of 130 knots and a minimum pressure of 930 mb at 0000 UTC 14 September,
when the cyclone was located about 270 n mi south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. Microwave
data showed the formation of concentric eyewalls and Javier weakened, but it maintained
category 3 intensity on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale for the next three days. Javier moved
northwestward toward cool waters, and this along with strong southwesterly shear resulted in
weakening. Javier then turned northward and north-northeastward, and as a weakening tropical
depression crossed Baja California between Cabo San Lazaro and Punta Abreojos early on the
morning of 19 September. The depression continued toward the north-northeast over the Sea
of Cortes and weakened to a remnant low around noon on 19 September. The low moved
inland near Guaymas, Mexico, and dissipated over the high terrain of the state of Sonora.
Mid-level moisture from Javier spread northeastward over northern Mexico and the
southwestern United States, producing moderate to heavy rainfall. Below is
a track of the cyclone provided by the National Hurricane Center.
The storm total rainfall maps below were constructed using data from
provided from NWS River
Forecast Centers, from additional data archived at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville,
North Carolina, and also from data gathered during the North American Monsoon Experiment.
Below are the calendar for Daily Precipitation Maps. Note that
the 24-hour periods end
at 12z that morning.