Tropical Depression Eight was a tropical depression that did not reach tropical storm status during the 1994 Atlantic hurricane season. The depression formed on September 24 off the coast of Honduras. The depression made landfall along the coast of southern Belize on September 25. The depression dissipated on September 26 over Guatemala. Tropical Depression Eight eventually contributed to the formation of Tropical Depression Ten.
The depression caused no damage and no deaths.
|Formation||September 24, 1994|
|Dissipation||September 26, 1994|
|Highest winds||35 mph|
|Lowest pressure||1004 mbar|
|Areas affected||Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala|
|Part of the||1994 Atlantic hurricane season|
On September 19, satellite imagery showed a concentrated area of deep convection located over the southwestern Carribean Sea. The area of disturbed weather persisted for several days as it moved to the northwest. By September 23, the area was located near the northeastern coast of Honduras. At 1800 UTC that day, the first Dvorak classifications were taken on the system. It is estimated that the system developed into Tropical Depression Eight near 1200 UTC September 24 while located just offshore the northeastern coast of Honduras. At 2045 UTC that same day, reconnaissance aircraft found a poorly-organized storm with a pressure of 1007 mb. The depression moved west at a speed between 6 and 9 knots until its landfall along the southern coast of Belize near 1800 UTC September 25. At landfall, the cyclone had become better organized per satellite imagery. In addition, the pressure fell to 1004 mb. The next day, the cyclone slowed its foward speed and the depression is estimated to have dissipated over Guatemala. Locally heavy rainfall accompanied the cyclone over Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula.
Even after the surface circulation dissipated, there was evidence of a mid-level circulation in satellite imagery lingering near the coast of Belize. Satellite imagery suggests that some of the moisture associated with Tropical Depression Eight's remnants merged with another disturbance that became Tropical Depression Ten near the western tip of Cuba on September 29.