Friday, September 6, 2013

Tropical Depression Eight (2013)

Storm Active: September 6-7

A tropical wave in the northwestern Caribbean Sea began to exhibit scattered shower activity on September 2. However, on September 3, the system moved over the Yucatan Peninsula, which temporarily stifled development. By September 5, the wave had reemerged into the Bay of Campeche and acquired a low pressure center, around which more concentrated convection appeared. By this time, the system had turned west-southwest towards Mexico, where land would quickly dissipate the system. However, the disturbance stalled just off the coast during the afternoon of September 6, giving it just enough time to develop sufficient organization and banding features to be classified as Tropical Depression Eight.

A few hours later, the depression made landfall in Mexico, bringing 3-5 inches of rain over a large swath of land over the next couple days. However, by early on September 7, Eight's circulation had lost definition to the point that it was downgraded to a remnant low. By late that day, the remnant low had dissipated over southern Mexico.

Tropical Depression Eight was a very short-lived system which attained tropical status just hours before landfall. The above image shows Eight mere minutes before landfall in Mexico.

Eight spent only 14.5 hours as a tropical cyclone.

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