[16] By late on October 19, the winds in Hurricane Wilma decreased to 160 mph (260 km/h) as the inner 5 mile (8 km) wide eye weakened and the wind field expanded. [1] Early on October 24, Wilma re-gained major hurricane status while about 120 miles (195 km) west-southwest of Key West, Florida. Wilma was able to retain its strength because large eyes in tropical cyclones are more stable and more resistant to vertical wind shear. javascript is enabled. Originally, the tropical depression was forecast to drift west-southwestward before turning to the north; within 120 hours of the forecast's issuance, the system was predicted to be about 80 miles (130 km) south of the Isle of Youth as a 105 mph (170 km/h) hurricane. Hurricane Wilma was forming in October 15, 2005 and ended in October 26, 2005 When did hurricane Wilma hit? It weakened a little bit as it continued northwestward, and struck the Mexican mainland near Puerto Morelos at 0330 UTC on October 22, with winds of 135 mph (215 km/h)[1] and gusts of up to 170 mph (270 km/h). xmlns:xsl='http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform'">. At 0800 UTC, a Hurricane Hunters flight recorded a minimum central pressure of 884 mbar (26.10 inHg) in a dropsonde near the center of the extremely small eye. Hurricane Wilma developed on October 15, 2005 in the Caribbean Sea, and after initially organizing slowly it explosively deepened to reach peak winds of 185 mph (295 km/h) and a record-low pressure of 882 mbar (hPa). At its strongest, the pinhole eye of Wilma was about 3 miles (5 km) in diameter, the smallest known eye in an Atlantic hurricane. The meteorological history of Hurricane Wilma, the strongest tropical cyclone known in the Western Hemisphere, began in the second week of October 2005.A big weather system formed across much of the Caribbean Sea and slowly organized to the southeast of Jamaica.By late on October 15, the system was became strong for the National Hurricane Center to name it Tropical Depression Twenty-Four. On 21 October, the hurricane made landfall on the island of Cozumel with winds of 241 km/h (150 mph). [8] Continued reconnaissance flights reported peak winds of about 30 mph (50 km/h). [27], A powerful eastward-moving mid-level trough across the central United States turned the hurricane northeastward and caused it to gradually speed up. By late on October 15, the system was became strong for the National Hurricane Center to name it Tropical Depression Twenty-Four. Hurricane Wilma was the most intense hurricane to ever hit the Atlantic Basin. [5] By late on October 15, the surface circulation became defined well-enough, with enough organized deep convection, for the National Hurricane Center to designate the system as Tropical Depression Twenty-Four while it was about 220 miles (345 km) east-southeast of Grand Cayman. Right after becoming a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center predicted Wilma to track west-northwestward, reaching winds of 105 mph (170 km/h) before striking the northeastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. [12] Late on October 17, a Hurricane Hunters flight into Wilma recorded winds of 50 mph (80 km/h), but an unusually low pressure of 989 mbar (29.21 inHg), which would be more typical of a minimal hurricane. [1] During the time, the large circulation of Wilma absorbed smaller Tropical Depression Alpha over the Bahamas. The initially ill-defined system organized into a tropical depression on 15 October. This page was last changed on 19 February 2020, at 02:09. Wilma weakened as it quickly crossed the state, and entered the Atlantic Ocean near Jupiter, Florida. [6], As Tropical Depression Twenty-Four drifted southwestward, it steadily organized; by early on October 16, rainbands began to slowly consolidate with well-established outflow, and a large upper-level anticyclone developed over the depression. The meteorological history of Hurricane Wilma, the strongest tropical cyclone known in the Western Hemisphere, began in the second week of October 2005. [31] By 1170 UTC on October 25, the center was to the northwest of the primary convection as cold air from the southwest disturbed the circulation.