Tropical Depression Five was a tropical depression that did not reach tropical storm status during the 1994 Atlantic hurricane season. The depression formed in the Bay of Campeche on August 29. The depression made landfall in the Mexican state of Tampico on August 31, dissipating over the mountains of Mexico that same day.
The depression caused no damage and no deaths.
|Formation||August 29, 1994|
|Dissipation||August 31, 1994|
|Highest winds||35 mph|
|Lowest pressure||1005 mbar|
|Part of the||1994 Atlantic hurricane season|
The development of Tropical Depression Five appears to be associated with a tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa on August 17. It was not until the wave entered the western Carribean Sea on August 26 that deep convection became more organized and surface pressures began to fall. A hurricane hunter aircraft was dispatched to the area and found a well-defined mid-level circulation but only a wind shift at the surface. The wave moved westward across the Yucatan Peninsula and when it entered the Bay of Campeche on August 29, the wave became Tropical Depression Five when reconnaissance aircraft found a low-level circulation center along with a pressure of 1007 mb, and also 44 knot winds at flight-level of 1,500 feet. After forming, the depression moved to the west-northwest. The pressure dropped to 1005 mb later that day but the winds did not increase in spite the drop in pressure. The expected intensification of the depression did not materialize, and it made landfall near Tampico during the early morning hours of August 31. Later that day, the depression dissipated over the mountains of Mexico, although its remnants continued over northeastern Mexico for the next couple of days.
At 0300 UTC August 30, a Tropical Storm Watch was issued for the Mexican coastline from Nautla to La Pesca. At 1200 UTC that same day, a Tropical Storm Warning was issued from Nautla to Tampico and then extended northward to La Pesca as the depression approached the coast. After landfall on August 31, all watches and warnings were discontinued.
The depression produced 2 to 4 inches of rain, but caused no known damage or fatalities.