Kevin was a short-lived, weak tropical storm that remained well offshore the west coast of the Baja California Peninsula.
Kevin's origin was a tropical wave that moved off the west coast of Africa on 20 August. As the wave moved westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean, it lost all thunderstorm activity on 21 August and remained devoid of thunderstorm activity until it reached the eastern North Pacific Ocean late on 28 August. A broad surface low pressure area developed along the wave axis by 29 August, but showers and thunderstorms remained poorly organized and there was a clear diurnal maximum in convective development during the nighttime hours. For the next couple of days, the unusually large low pressure system moved west-northwestward around the western periphery of a subtropical high pressure ridge located across central Mexico and the eastern North Pacific, which is typical for that time of the year. Surface pressures continued to decrease despite the large size of the low pressure system and the lack of organized deep convection near the center. By early on 3 September, thunderstorm activity had finally persisted long enough near the low-level circulation center for satellite classifications to begin. By 1200 UTC, the disturbance had enough convective organization, and satellite classifications indicated that Tropical Depression Eleven-E had formed about 245 n mi south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.
The broad wind field of the depression likely prevented a rapid development process while the cyclone moved west-northwestward between 6 to 8 kt. Also, like so many of its predecessors, Kevin developed at an unusually high latitude which placed the cyclone closer to unfavorably cool sea-surface temperatures. It is estimated that the depression briefly became a tropical storm at 1800 UTC 4 September about 300 n mi west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.Although upper-level winds remained favorable for additional development to occur, Kevin weakened back to a tropical depression shortly thereafter, at 0000 UTC 5 September when the system began moving over cooler water. Kevin continued moving west-northwestward while becoming less organized for the next 24 hours and gradually degenerated into a non-convective low pressure system by 1200 UTC 6 September about 500 n mi west of the southern tip of Baja California.The remnant low, however, remained quite tenacious. It meandered and looped slowly westward for the next 4 days before dissipating at 1200 UTC 10 September after looping back to the east and stalling about 365 n mi west ofthe southern tip of Baja California.
The "best track" chart of the tropical cyclone's path is given in Figure 1, with the wind and pressure histories shown in Figure 2 and Figure 3, respectively. The best track positions and intensities are listed in Table 1.
Observations in Kevin (Figure 2 and Figure 3) include satellite-based Dvorak technique intensity estimates from the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB), the Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB) and the U. S. Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA).
There were no ship reports of winds of tropical storm force associated with Kevin.
There were no reports of damages or casualties associated with Kevin.
Kevin was a tropical cyclone for only 54 h, which resulted in a relatively small number of forecasts to verify. Average NHC official track errors (with the number of cases in parentheses) for Kevin were 32 (9), 59 (10), 97 (5), and 125 (3) n mi for the 12, 24, 36, and 48 h forecasts, respectively1. These errors are comparable to the average official track errors for the 10-yr period [1993-2002] of 39, 72, 103, and 131 n mi, respectively.
Average official intensity errors were 3, 7, 13, and 17 kt for the 12, 24, 36, and 48 h forecasts, respectively. For comparison, the average official intensity errors over the 10-yr period [1993-2002] are 6, 11, 15, and 17 kt, respectively.
No watches or warnings were associated with Kevin.
1All forecast verifications in this report include the depression stage of the cyclone. National Hurricane Center verifications presented in these reports prior to 2003 did not include the depression stage.
|03 / 1200||19.0||111.5||1001||30||tropical depression|
|03 / 1800||19.3||112.0||1001||30||"|
|04 / 0000||19.5||112.5||1001||30||"|
|04 / 0600||19.8||113.0||1001||30||"|
|04 / 1200||20.4||113.8||1001||30||"|
|04 / 1800||21.2||114.6||1000||35||tropical storm|
|05 / 0000||21.9||115.4||1002||30||tropical depression|
|05 / 0600||22.3||116.0||1003||30||"|
|05 / 1200||23.0||117.0||1004||30||"|
|05 / 1800||23.1||117.9||1005||30||"|
|06 / 0000||23.6||118.5||1006||30||"|
|06 / 0600||23.8||119.0||1007||25||remnant low|
|06 / 1200||23.9||119.5||1008||25||"|
|06 / 1800||24.3||119.8||1009||25||"|
|07 / 0000||24.6||120.0||1009||25||"|
|07 / 0600||24.9||120.1||1010||20||"|
|07 / 1200||25.3||120.3||1010||20||"|
|07 / 1800||25.7||120.0||1010||20||"|
|08 / 0000||26.0||119.5||1011||20||"|
|08 / 0600||25.8||118.9||1011||20||"|
|08 / 1200||25.4||118.4||1011||20||"|
|08 / 1800||24.8||118.2||1011||20||"|
|09 / 0000||24.3||118.0||1012||15||"|
|09 / 0600||23.9||117.9||1012||15||"|
|09 / 1200||23.5||117.8||1012||15||"|
|09 / 1800||23.3||117.4||1013||15||"|
|10 / 0000||23.2||117.0||1013||15||"|
|10 / 0600||23.1||116.6||1013||15||"|
|10 / 1200||dissipated|
|04 / 1800||21.2||114.6||1000||35||minimum pressure|
Figure 1: Best track positions for Tropical Storm Kevin, 3-6 September 2003. Track positions during the remnant low stage are based on analyses from the Tropical Prediction Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch.
Figure 2: Selected wind observations and best track maximum sustained surface wind speed curve for Tropical Storm Kevin, 3-6 September2003.Estimates during the remnant low stage are based on analyses from the Tropical Prediction Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch.Surface estimates indicated by "X" are based on uncontaminated QuikSCAT scatterometer wind data.
Figure 3: Selected pressure observations and best track minimum central pressure curve for Tropical Storm Kevin, 3-6 September2003.Estimates during the remnant low stage are based on analyses from the Tropical Prediction Center's Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch.
Tropical Cyclone Reports
Andres - Blanca - Carlos - Dolores - Enrique - Felicia - Guillermo - Hilda - Ignacio - Jimena - Kevin - Linda - Marty - Nora - Olaf - Patricia
About Alternates - E-Mail Advisories - RSS Feeds
Latest Advisory - Past Advisories - About Advisories
Latest Products - About Marine Products
Tools & Data
Satellite Imagery - US Weather Radar - Aircraft Recon - Local Data Archive - Forecast Verification - Deadliest/Costliest/Most Intense
Learn About Hurricanes
Storm Names Wind Scale - Prepare - Climatology - NHC Glossary - NHC Acronyms - Frequently Asked Questions - AOML Hurricane-Research Division
About NHC - Mission/Vision - Other NCEP Centers - NHC Staff - Visitor Information - NHC Library
National Weather Service
National Centers for Environmental Prediction
National Hurricane Center
11691 SW 17th Street
Miami, Florida, 33165-2149 USA
Page last modified: Monday, 07-Feb-2005 16:38:05 UTC