The second tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season degenerated into a mere westward moving tropical wave Sunday afternoon.
The depression, which formed Saturday about 2,075 miles east-southeast of the southern Windward Islands, had the potential of developing into a named tropical storm. However, cool water in the far eastern tropical Atlantic water prevented further development. At one point Sunday, a stronger-than-normal ridge of high pressure over the Atlantic forced the depression to move on a track south of due west.
According to Weather Channel specialists, if the depression had intensified it would have been the first time in many years that a storm system formed this early in the season, which opened June 1. The season runs through the end of November.
At 5:30 a.m. Monday, the tropical wave, the remnants of Tropical Depression Two, was located about 1,100 miles east of the southern Windward Islands, moving to the west at about 20 to 25 mph. The system shows no signs of redevelopment.