Rapid and intense cyclogenesis occurred during 12-13 March 1993 in the northwest Gulf of Mexico. The event was the result of a baroclinic zone and an anomalous sea-surface temperature field combining with a "classic" upper-level synoptic pattern. The upper-level pattern displayed vigorous dynamics such as short-wave phasing and negative tilting, dramatic pressure height falls, upper-level jet placement and polar air intrusion. The effects in the marine boundary layer were atypical as anomalous warm eddies in the northwest Gulf of Mexico acted as heat sources for the baroclinic system.
The extratropical cyclone developed with force and inflicted major damage to the Gulf Coast area, Quickly after the storm developed it was predicted by many to be the "Storm of the Century" for the West Coast of the United States.