Tropical Depression Eight
Tropical depression (SSHWS/NWS)
Eight 2016-08-28
Tropical Depression Eight shortly after forming on August 28
Formed August 28, 2016
Dissipated September 1, 2016
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 35 mph (55 km/h)
Lowest pressure 1010 mbar (hPa); 29.83 inHg
Fatalities None
Damage Minimal
Areas affected Bermuda, Eastern Coast of North Carolina
Part of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season
Tropical Depression Eight was a weak, small tropical depression that brought light rains to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was the eighth tropical cyclone of the active 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. The cyclone was expected by the National Hurricane Center for several advisories to become a tropical storm, and tropical storm warnings were put up for the coast of North Carolina. However, Eight never became a tropical storm, and peaked as a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and a minimum pressure of 1010 mbar.

Meteorological History

On August 26, the NHC began monitoring a stationary frontal boundary (designated Invest 91L), which absorbed the remnants of Tropical Storm Fiona. The next day, an ASCAT pass revealed the presence of a well-defined closed circulation, but the low pressure system lacked sufficient convection be designated a tropical cyclone. A convective burst occurred early on August 28, and at 12:00 UTC that day, it developed into Tropical Depression Eight. After formation, NHC predicted intensification into a tropical storm, and tropical storm warnings were eventually put up for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. However, shortly after forming, Eight's circulation became exposed and convection waned significantly. The next day, Eight became better organized and developed banding features, but a reconnaissance aircraft showed that the depression did not strengthen at all.

At one point, NHC predicted the depression would strengthen as strong as 50 mph, but this never occurred. Eight approached the North Carolina coast, but never made landfall, instead turning east while barely maintaining its designation as a tropical cyclone. At 06:00 UTC on September 1, after convection waned and an ASCAT pass revealed that Eight had degenerated into a trough, the depression dissipated without having ever attained tropical storm force winds.

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