Tropical Depression Two - June 4-7, 1981 

A tropical depression formed in the Bay of Campeche in a divergent area aloft south-southeast of a
closed upper cyclone in the southern Plains.  The system tracked northward through the western Gulf
of Mexico, strengthening until making landfall upon the middle Texas coast on June 5th.  The cyclone's
central pressure fell to between 991 and 996 hPa by the time of landfall, based on surface observations.
Galveston Scholes Field recorded a maximum sustained wind of 41 mph as the system passed by.   A
total of nine tornadoes touched down due to the depression, with 8 of the tornadoes spawned across
Louisiana.  Three people died from the system; two related to flooding and one due to a tornado.

Heavy rainfall occurred across central Texas as moisture from the depression interacted with the upper
level low, while heavy rainfall more directly related to the tropical depression's circulation deluged
the Houston metropolitan area and portions of western Louisiana.  The cyclone recurved into the Tennessee
Valley, with the system deepening once again as it moved offshore the Mid-Atlantic coast as a non-frontal
low pressure area on the 7th.  Damage from the system totaled at least $4 million.  Below are the storm
total rainfall maps for the depression, using data provided by the National Climatic Data Center through
their daily rainfall totals.   The track was provided by the National Hurricane Center, then extended to
the northeast based on archived HPC surface analyses.

Tropical Depression Two (1981) Rainfall Tropical Depression Two (1981) Rainfall Tropical Depression Two (1981) Rainfall