Tropical Depression 2 forms off East Coast As the NHC Monitors Two Other Systems

Written by Sarrah Pelorus

Last updated 6/14/2021, 5:18:34 PM


This morning, Tropical Depression 2 formed about 105 miles east of Cape Hatteras off the coast of North Carolina. The storm is currently moving away from the coast and was around 200 miles from the shore as of 5 p.m Monday. At this time, no coastal warnings have been issued as the depression is forecast to make its way Northeast at 18 mph. The National Hurricane Center predicts that it will develop into a tropical storm by tonight. The storm is predicted to strengthen Tuesday morning as it moves through cold waters around Nova Scotia and later dissipate Wednesday night .

The NHC is also currently monitoring two other systems; one in the Gulf of Mexico that remains at high odds of becoming the next tropical depression or storm by the end of the week. As large showers located over the Bay of Campeche, and west of the Yucatan Peninsula are associated with a low pressure area, slow development is expected in the next two days as the storm is forecast to drift toward the center of the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center gave the system a 20% chance of forming into a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, and a 70% chance of doing so over the next five days.

Heavy rain is expected in Central America and southern Mexico over the course of the week. The NHC is also following a third system; a strong tropical wave offshore of west Africa. The wave is producing strong disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity and has a 10% chance of developing over the next 48 hours with a 20% chance of doing so over the next five days. However, it is predicted to be met with dry air and upper-level winds limiting its chance of development. If any system develops into a tropical storm, it will be the second named storm of the season, receiving the name Bill. If two storms develop, the slower of the two would be the third named storm of 2021 and take on the name Claudette. And if all three develop properly, the last of the bunch will be the fourth named storm and dubbed Danny. To become a tropical storm, the system would need to develop maximum sustained winds speeds of 39 mph or more.

Tropical outlook as of June 14, 2021. (National Hurricane Center)

Prior to the June 1 start of hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions for the 2021 season. It forecast the year to be above average in tropical storm production. A typical hurricane season has 14 named storms. The NOAA predicts 2021 to have anywhere between 13 to 20 named storms. The first storm of the year developed before the season’s start in May, and came in the form of Tropical Storm Ana. The storm developed in the mid Atlantic before quickly dying out, but didn’t make landfall. Stay ahead of the storms with us and sign up for a free trial for! Watch real-time radar on any mobile device or computer plus, you will get access to our tropical page where you can quickly get storm information in one spot all with no risk and no credit card information required at sign-up.