Tropical Storm Kyle was the eleventh named storm of the 1996 Atlantic hurricane season, forming in the western Carribean Sea on October 11. Kyle came ashore near the border between Guatemala and Honduras as a weakening tropical depression.
Kyle caused no damage, and no reported fatalities.
|Formation||October 11, 1996|
|Dissipation||October 12, 1996|
|Highest winds||50 mph|
|Lowest pressure||1001 mbar|
|Areas affected||Guatemala, Honduras|
A tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa on September 27. On October 5, the wave reached the Lesser Antilles, and on October 9, it reached the western Carribean Sea, where it interacted with a frontal cloud bland. On October 11, surface analysis indicated a broad surface low of 1010 mb over the northwestern Carribean Sea. A well-defined convective cloud band had developed on October 11, and post-season analysis stated that tropical depression formed near 1200 UTC on October 11, centered midway between Swan Island and the coast of Belize. Steering currents were weak, and the depression began moving to the southwest, intensifying quickly to a tropical storm as it did so, becoming Tropical Storm Kyle. Kyle later reached its peak of 50 mph winds and a pressure of 1001 mb.
However, upper-level wind shear out of the southwest increased shortly after Kyle peaked, deteriorating Kyle's deep convection. On October 12 at 1200 UTC, it is estimated that Kyle weakened to a tropical depression. Six hours later, the center of the rapidly dissipating tropical depression moved onshore between Guatemala and Honduras.
Impact on land, if there was any aside from heavy rainfall, is not known.
No deaths were reported with Kyle, and it caused no damage.
Lack of Retirement
Because of the very minimal damage, the name Kyle was not retired in the Spring of 1997 by the World Meteorological Organization. It was used in the 2002 Atlantic hurricane season, and is on the list of names to be used for the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.