Tropical Depression Fourteen was a tropical depression that did not develop into a tropical storm during the 2002 Atlantic hurricane season. The depression formed on October 14 while located about 120 miles north-northeast of Cape Gracias a Dios, near the Honduras/Nicaragua border. The depression moved northeast and made landfall in south-central Cuba, dissipating on October 16.

The depression produced heavy rain over portions of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba, but caused no damage or any casualties.

Satellite image of the depression
FormationOctober 14, 2002
Dissipation October 16, 2002
Highest winds 35 mph
Lowest pressure 1002 mbar
Deaths None reported
Damages None
Areas affected Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba

Meteorological History


On October 9, a weak tropical wave moved through the Lesser Antilles. On October 12, convection in association with the wave increased and it reached the southwestern Carribean Sea, a broad area of low pressure developed within the wave later that day. The wave moved north near the coast of Nicaragua on October 13, becoming better organized as it did so. By 1200 UTC on October 14, the wave had organized enough to be considered Tropical Depression Fourteen while located about 120 miles north-northeast of Cape Gracias a Dios, near the Honduras/Nicaragaua border. After forming, the depression moved eratically for 12 hours before turning slowly to the north-northeast on October 15. The cyclone would move at a faster foward speed for the rest of its life after taking that north-northeast turn. Southwesterly vertical shear associated with a deep-layer trough over the southeastern United States prevented further development and may have contributed to a persistent elongation of the circulation. The depression made landfall in south-central Cuba on October 16, and became absorbed by a cold front later that day.


The depression produced heavy rainfall over portions of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba, although no damage or deaths were reported in association with the tropical cyclone.

See Also

2002 Atlantic hurricane season


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