On July 13, the cold front that was associated with the formation of Tropical Storm Bret moved off the United States East Coast. The southern part of the front remained stationary, and on July 19, a broad area of low pressure formed north of Bermuda. Later that day, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted the possibility of development, giving it a 20% chance of formation. The low continued to become better defined as it moved to the northeast, and soon, it was organized enough to be designated as Tropical Storm Cindy at 2100 UTC on July 20. Since it was embedded within a southwesterly flow, it quickly moved to the northeast into cooler waters. The next day, however, Cindy developed an eye-like feature, signifying increasing wind speeds. Although in an area of ocean not supportive for tropical cyclone development, Cindy maintained strength as it attempted to form an eyewall around the eye. More signs of strengthening ensued as the tropical storm developed a tight inner core and symmetric deep convection. These features would soon dissipate as Cindy moved into even cooler waters. It dissipated on July 23.
Because Cindy formed far out at sea and dissipated far from land, it posed no threat to any land.