Tropical Depression Two was a tropical depression that did not reach tropical storm status during the 1994 Atlantic hurricane season. The depression formed on July 20 off the coast of South Carolina. The depression quickly made landfall, producing heavy rainfall but little else. The depression quickly dissipated overland on July 21, just one day after forming.
Tropical Depression Two caused no known damage and no fatalities.
|Formation||July 20, 1994|
|Dissipation||July 21, 1994|
|Highest winds||35 mph|
|Lowest pressure||1015 mbar|
|Areas affected||South Carolina, North Carolina, East Coast of the United States|
|Part of the||1994 Atlantic hurricane season|
Tropical Depression Two's origins were non-tropical. A broad upper-tropospheric trough, related to the summertime mid-Atlantic trough, had an axis extending several hundred miles east-northeast of the Bahamas in the middle of July. Cloudiness and showers increased within this trough, over an area just to the north of the Bahamas on July 18. In spite of relatively high surface pressures in the area, a weak surface low gradually developed a couple hundred miles southeast of the coast of the Carolinas on July 19. The low was poorly organized, with most of the associated convection displaced south of the circulation center. At around 0600 UTC July 20, surface observations indicate that the system developed into Tropical Depression Two while located off the coast of South Carolina. Six hours after forming, as the depression neared the coast of South Carolina, reconnaissance aircraft data indicated that the low-level circulation center had become much better defined with the depression. In addition, convection associated with the depression increased significantly at that time. At 1400 UTC July 20, the depression made landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina. A few hours after the depression made landfall, Myrtle Beach experienced a wind gust of 36 kt.
After landfall, the depression moved northwest to north, weakening overland. By 0600 UTC July 21, the depression dissipated in the vicinity of Charlotte, North Carolina. Despite this, locally heavy rain, sometimes on the order of 2 to 3 inches, accompanied the depression's remnants as they moved northward over North Carolina and Virginia. The depression's remnants accelerated to the north and northeast, and became unidentifiable late on July 21.
Due to the threat of heavy rainfall that the depression posed, Flash Flood Watches were issued for portions of the East Coast of the United States. Despite this, the depression caused no fatalities, and no significant damage was reported in association with the depression.
Rainfall totals from Tropical Depression Two.