Hurricane Harvey was the eighth named storm and fourth hurricane of the 1993 Atlantic hurricane season. Harvey was the final named storm to form during the inactive season, forming on September 18 while located to the southeast of Bermuda. Harvey accelerated northeast and briefly reached hurricane status before weakening back to a tropical storm. Harvey became extratropical late on September before being absorbed by a frontal zone early on September 22.
Harvey caused no damage and no deaths.
|Formation||September 18, 1993|
|Dissipation||September 21, 1993|
|Highest winds||75 mph|
|Lowest pressure||990 mbar|
|Part of the||1993 Atlantic hurricane season|
Harvey originated from a tropical wave that passed to the south of the Cape Verde Islands on September 12. A cloud system center was identifiable on this day, and Dvorak classifications were made intermittently over the next several days. On September 18, the wave became slightly better organized as it interacted with an upper-level low. At around 1800 UTC September 18, it is estimated the wave developed into Tropical Depression Nine while located 350 miles south-southeast of Bermuda. After forming, the depression moved generally north-northwest at a speed of 5 to 10 knots, but the depression gradually moved northeast and accelerated in response to an eastward-moving shortwave trough approaching the cyclone from the northwest. Satellite imagery indicated that the depression had an exposed low-level circulation center from much of September 18 through September 19. By 1200 UTC September 20, however, the low-level center moved underneath the deep convection and the depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Harvey. At 1800 UTC that same day, Harvey briefly attained hurricane status when an eye was evident in satellite imagery. At this time, the cyclone was moving northeast at nearly 30 knots. Harvey continued accelerating to the northeast and soon passed over cooler waters. At 0000 UTC September 21, Harvey weakened to a tropical storm and quickly began to lose tropical characteristics. At 1800 UTC September 21, Harvey became extratropical, and the circulation was absorbed into a frontal zone by 0000 UTC September 22.
Lack of Retirement
Because it did not affect land, the name Harvey was not retired in the Spring of 1994 by the World Meteorological Organization. It was used again during 1999 and 2005. It is on the list of names to be used for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.