Tropical Storm Chris was the third named storm of the 2000 Atlantic hurricane season. Chris formed from a tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa on August 12. On August 17, the wave organized enough to develop into a tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Leeward Islands. Chris reached 40 mph winds and a pressure of 1008 mb at its peak. Chris dissipated on August 19, being ripped apart by strong vertical wind shear.
Chris caused no damage and no fatalities.
|Formation||August 17, 2000|
|Dissipation||August 19, 2000|
|Highest winds||40 mph|
|Lowest pressure||1008 mbar|
On August 12, a large amplitude tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa, accompanied by 24-hour pressure falls of 2.5 mb. Widespread cloudiness and showers accompanied the wave as it moved westward across the Atlantic Ocean, although most of the activity was displaced to the east and southeast of the poorly-defined circulation center. The wave moved westward for a few days, and gradually increased in organization. It is estimated that Tropical Depression Six developed from this wave at 1200 UTC on August 17, while it was located about 600 nautical miles east of the Lesser Antilles. No significant change was observed within the depression for the next day until a burst of convection occured. At this time, satellite estimates indicated that the depression had become Tropical Storm Chris at 1200 UTC on August 18. Soon after becoming a tropical storm, the convection became disorganized and and by the time a reconnaissance aircraft had reached the area, Chris had already weakened, and data from the plane suggested that there was no longer a well-defined closed surface circulation. The strong vertical wind shear that had disorganized Chris after it became a tropical storm increased further and about 24 hours later, Chris was just a swirl of low clouds, and thus it dissipated on August 19, thanks to strong vertical wind shear aloft. The only storms to be ripped apart in the deep tropics since the 1997 El Niño event are Alex of 1998 and Chris of 2000.
Satellite image of Chris near the time it became a tropical storm.
Lack of Retirement
Because Chris caused no impact on land, the name was not retired in the Spring of 2001 by the World Meteorological Organization. It was used again during the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, and is on the list of names to be used for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.