Tropical Cyclone Report
Tropical Depression Eleven-E
5 - 8 September 2002
Richard J. Pasch
National Hurricane Center
21 January 2003
An area of disturbed weather, associated with a tropical wave
that crossed Central America and entered the eastern north Pacific
Ocean on 30 August, was tracked for several days as it moved
west-northwestward to the south of Mexico. On 5 September, the
system became better organized and it is estimated that Tropical
Depression Eleven-E formed from it around 1800 UTC that day,
centered about 120 n mi southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. The
tropical cyclone moved northwestward to west-northwestward until 7
September, when the system turned westward and west-southwestward
due to the influence of low-level steering flow. Deep convection
associated with the depression had diminished, and the convection
remained minimal and sporadic for the remainder of the tropical
cyclone's existence. The depression turned to the north-northwest
on 8 September while weakening to a remnant low. This low drifted
slowly for another day or so before losing its identity a short
distance to the west of southern Baja California on 10 September.
Figure 1 shows this system's best track, which is listed in
Satellite intensity estimates suggest that this system was
nearly of tropical storm strength on 6 September. Since the
depression was forecast to strengthen to a tropical storm and pass
close to southern Baja California, a tropical storm watch was
issued for the southwest coast of the Baja California peninsula
from Cabo San Lucas northward to Cabo San Lazaro at 0300 UTC 6
September. This was upgraded to a tropical storm warning and a
hurricane watch for the same area at 0900 UTC 6 September. The
hurricane watch was discontinued 12 h later and the tropical storm
warning was discontinued at 1500 UTC 7 September. There were no
reports of damage or casualties associated with this tropical
Table 1: Best track for Tropical Depression Eleven-E, 5-8
|06 / 0000||19.6||108.0||1007||30||"
|06 / 0600||20.1||108.8||1007||30||"
|06 / 1200||20.6||109.7||1007||30||"
|06 / 1800||21.2||110.6||1007||30||"
|07 / 0000||21.4||111.3||1007||30||"
|07 / 0600||21.4||111.8||1006||30||"
|07 / 1200||21.1||112.3||1007||30||"
|07 / 1800||20.7||113.0||1007||25||"
|08 / 0000||20.9||113.4||1006||25||"
|08 / 0600||21.3||113.7||1006||25||"
|08 / 1200||21.9||113.9||1006||25||"
|08 / 1800||22.3||114.0||1007||25||remnant low
|09 / 0000||22.9||114.1||1008||25||"
|09 / 0600||23.7||113.8||1009||25||"
|09 / 1200||24.1||113.6||1009||25||"
|09 / 1800||24.4||113.7||1009||25||"
|10 / 0000||24.6||113.7||1009||20||"
|10 / 0600||dissipated
|07 / 0600||21.4||111.8||1006||30||minimum pressure
Best track of Tropical Depression Eleven-E, 5-8 September 2002.