Season's second tropical depression forms; no threat to U.S.

The season's second tropical depression formed Monday along the Mexican coast, nearly two weeks after Tropical Storm Andrea, but it's uncertain whether it will become Tropical Storm Barry.

The system was bringing heavy rains to the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize and Guatemala -- as much as 6-8 inches in some areas by radar estimates, according to the Weather Underground. But it is not highly organized or packing strong winds, with maximum gusts of 30 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The depression is not expected to strengthen significantly over the next two days as it moves over land, but it could strengthen again once it gets over Mexico's Gulf of Campeche.

Earlier models showed it possibly gaining tropical storm strength by early Thursday, but the hurricane center's forecast as of Tuesday morning called for it to maintain its strength as a depression. The storm would need maximum wind speeds of at least 39 mph to qualify as Tropical Storm Barry.

Forecasts take the storm inland into Mexico, offering no threat to the Caribbean or U.S. shores.

Beyond this system, there is no activity hurricane forecasters are eyeing for possible tropical cyclone development anytime soon.

Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad