Tropical Cyclone Report
Tropical Depression Three-E
27 - 29 June 2002
Lixion A. Avila
National Hurricane Center
6 July 2002
Tropical Depression Three-E developed from a
well-defined tropical wave that emerged off the west coast of
Africa on 12 June. It moved westward and crossed the Lesser
Antilles on the 17th with a marked cyclonic wind shift.
After crossing Central America, the wave continued westward and the
shower activity increased considerably. By 23 June, there was a
distinct disturbance with multiple low-level centers as indicated
by data from QuikSCAT. One center became dominant and it is
estimated that a tropical depression formed at 1200 UTC 27 June
about 970 n mi southwest of the southern tip of Baja California,
Mexico. The depression changed little in organization during the
following 24 to 36 hours . Rapid weakening occurred on the
29th as strong shear separated the
low-level center from the thunderstorm activity. A swirl of low
clouds continued moving westward for a few more days. The best
track positions and intensities are listed in Table 1 and
shows a plot of the depression's track.
Table 1: Best track, Tropical Depression Three-E, 27-29
|27 / 1200||11.8||121.9||1007||30||tropical depression
|28 / 0000||12.3||124.4||1007||30||"
|29 / 0000||12.5||131.4||1008||25||"
|28 / 0600||12.3||125.7||1006||30||minimum pressure
Best track positions for Tropical Depression Three-E, 27-29 June 2002.