Tropical Depression Two Along South Texas Coast

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:46 PM GMT on July 08, 2010

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Hello everybody, this is Senior Meteorologist Shaun Tanner writing Dr. Masters' blog while he is on vacation.

Tropical Depression Two formed overnight in the northern Bay of Campeche and is now making landfall along the extreme south coast of Texas. A hurricane hunter was sent into the system and found a low-level circulation. While there are some reports of tropical storm strength winds in the squalls of the system, there is just not enough evidence to upgrade the storm to tropical storm strength before landfall.

The satellite representation of the depression is quite impressive as half of the depression is now over landfall. Brownsville radar currently is showing the effects of the depression with heavy rain and thunderstorms through much of southern Texas.

The biggest lingering effect from the depression will be to prolong the devastating flooding that has been ongoing in southern Texas and northeast Mexico. Not including the rain that will fall due to the depression, over the past 7 days, the area near Houston has received over 10 inches of rain, while some inland areas of Texas has received over 4 inches of rain. The problem gets worse in the Mexican state of Coahuila near the Texas border has received upwards of 20 inches of rain in the past 7 days due to substantial moisture pouring into the area.

This surging watershed has caused massive flooding throughout the region, with the area near Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico being the hardest hit. The flooding has caused the major border crossing between those two cities to be closed as the Rio Grande surged and threatened to top the crossing's bridge. A contingent of Mexican officials, including the mayor of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, touring the flooding damage in an airplane crashed Wednesday, killing all six onboard. Evacuations on both sides of the border has forced tens of thousands of people out of their homes, while over 100,000 people were without water service. The flooding problem is extra dangerous because swollen dams had to release some of their water downstream into areas that towns that have already been swamped. It was even reported that one of these releases by the National Water Commission of Mexico was the largest emergency water release in the country.

Needless to say, the rain from Tropical Depression Two will only further the flooding problems in southern Texas and northeast Mexico. Figure 3 shows the severe map and the greens represent Flood Watches and Warnings. You can see almost the entire states of Texas and Oklahoma are under these watches and warnings in anticipation of several inches of rain from the remnants of Tropical Depression Two.


Figure 1. Satellite loop of Tropical Depression Two.


Figure 2. Storm-centered radar as depression makes landfall.


Figure 3. Severe map.

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Quoting TexasGulf:


I went to K-State. In 1987 (or was it '86), both K-State & KU went the entire football season, including both pre-season games without scoring a single point. The finale of the season was the infamous KU - K-State game with both teams ranked 109th & 110th. It was called the 'toilet bowl'.

People went to the game because; 1) somebody has to score a point. 2) The loser would be ranked worst in the nation.

That was the last year that a NCAA football game was allowed to end in a tie. Final score was 10 - 10. Neither team had won, and both were ranked worst in the nation. The after game parties were a bit deflated.

I would rather play football for Defeated High School. During those 3-4 years, with Stan Parrish as coach... K-State was pre-defeated before the football season started.


Games ended in Tie's well into the mid 90's
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Quoting RicknLCTX:

Also in NE TX---------> The great metropolis of Looneyville and you cross Loco Creek to get there! lol
LOL.

Telemarketer: Sir, just want to confirm your address
Victim: Thlokay!
Telemarketer: Ummm, okay, I have 123 B St, Looneyville
Victim: Booshlingtaph Rashklee Mpoot!
Telemarketer: *silence*
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Quoting jurakantaino:
Yes , fresca means refreshments


The literal translation for fresca is "fresh". No?
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1523. NRAamy
Destin....did you ever know that you'r my hero?


;)
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Gonna post this one more time since it got lost in the last page of comments...Notice the Caribbean in the warming trend once again. Not good:

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don't for get about Mexico, Missouri
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1520. rljack
Quoting angiest:


Well, at least they stood a good chance of winning. Kevin Kolb had to throw for 500 yards to do it, but his arm is good enough.


True enough...the games were fun. :) Is Kolb still with the Eagles? Or, wait, Mike Vick took his back up spot. Naturally.

On an non-college football note - I haven't posted much since Hurricane Ike, but lurk everyday, so hi and I really enjoy the banter here. Thanks for the information and entertainment.
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Quoting NoNamePub:
ALoha My Friends -
From my new Home in Hawaii -

Storm - I need Pacific Updates now!


You live in Hawaii now? That is unacceptable...
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Quoting angiest:


Yeah I know. I don't normally watch the news on that channel and I just shuddered when I heard "the most accurate met in houston" say that.


Local Mets are pretty terrible, for the most part. I think most of them go through a weather class one time in college and then are usually the most qualified at the station they work for to take the job. Some of them are really good, but the majority really don't have a clue.
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1516. angiest
Quoting AllBoardedUp:
Paris, Texas
San Diego, Texas


We also have "The Cave Without a Name."
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Paris, Texas
San Diego, Texas
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ALoha My Friends -
From my new Home in Hawaii -

Storm - I need Pacific Updates now!
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1468, LOL, great story!
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1512. angiest
Quoting MississippiWx:


He should have said cooling.


Yeah I know. I don't normally watch the news on that channel and I just shuddered when I heard "the most accurate met in houston" say that.
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Just an interesting note, did you guys know that the small low pressure area east of Nicaragua is that tropical wave that was approaching the Lesser Antilles on the evening of July 4? (it was introduced as a yellow circle that night near the Antilles if you remember).

Westerly shear got the best of it, but now it looks to me the upper trough/low off of the east US coast has weakened enough that it is not under as much shear.
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i stated yesterday that the area thats by nicurauga now would likely be our next tropical invest yesterday when it was north of columbias coastline!!!!,could be bonnie IMO,definately needs to be watched ...
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Quoting angiest:


One of the local met's last night told us to look for the warming area in the Pacific for the signs of La Nina...


He should have said cooling.
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Quoting atmoaggie:
Hehe. Loving the TX town name thing.

I don't see anyone mentioning:
Reno, TX
Naples, TX
Pittsburg, TX
Detroit, TX
Omaha, TX
Atlanta, TX

(And these are all within 20 miles of each other in NE TX)

Also in NE TX---------> The great metropolis of Looneyville and you cross Loco Creek to get there! lol
1506. angiest
Quoting rljack:


UH here too. When it was Art Briles...


Well, at least they stood a good chance of winning. Kevin Kolb had to throw for 500 yards to do it, but his arm is good enough.
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1505. JLPR2
Quoting Floodman:


Now that's just WRONG...


whoa, I go for a few hours and that appears? O.o
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In my post on #1499, notice how the Caribbean is warming back up to 1.5C above average after cooling slightly. The Eastern Atlantic is doing the same thing. The GOM will warm quickly back to way above average soon. Just gonna take a week or so to recover from Alex and TD2.
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StormW: What is going on just east of the Windward Islands?
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1501. angiest
Quoting MississippiWx:


One of the local met's last night told us to look for the warming area in the Pacific for the signs of La Nina...
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1500. rljack
Quoting angiest:


Not quite as bad, but I went to UH when we had the Love Coach...


UH here too. When it was Art Briles...
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1498. angiest
Quoting atmoaggie:
Hehe. Loving the TX town name thing.

I don't see anyone mentioning:
Reno, TX
Naples, TX
Pittsburg, TX
Detroit, TX
Omaha, TX
Atlanta, TX

(And these are all within 20 miles of each other in NE TX)


Richmond
Weimar
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Hehe. Loving the TX town name thing.

I don't see anyone mentioning:
Reno, TX
Naples, TX
Pittsburg, TX
Detroit, TX
Omaha, TX
Atlanta, TX

(And these are all within 20 miles of each other in NE TX)
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http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/tatl/flash-vis.html

That low pressure area in this loop is shown to be really small. I see the arguments about it moving westward into Central America, but small circulations should be closely watched as they can develop a little faster than larger circulations.
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I was talking about the black mass in the water, actually
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Quoting SevereHurricane:


Yep. If you look closely you can see the horizon oilspill site.


You can actually see the flow from the Mississippi River is strong enough to push the oil back a little bit.
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Quoting StormW:


Wow, how come the NHC won't mention that small low pressure area east of Nicaragua? I've been noticing it since this morning. What's going on here?
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Quoting claire4385:
That oil is going to make it to TX before we know it :(


Tarballs have been washing ashore...
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Quoting claire4385:
That oil is going to make it to TX before we know it :(


Well its been here. I was really mad when I went to Drago's Restaurant the other day and couldn't get any oysters. They only has muscles...
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That oil is going to make it to TX before we know it :(
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Quoting StormW:


Trying to get it together a little too late. Looks like it has a date with Central America.
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Quoting angiest:


I'm going to assume the dark area was the oil. Everything else looked like silt being deposited by rivers.


Yep. If you look closely you can see the horizon oilspill site.
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1485. angiest
Quoting SevereHurricane:


That was taken today by MODIS.


I'm going to assume the dark area was the oil. Everything else looked like silt being deposited by rivers.
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1484. Buhdog
Hey FLood! I had to do it...i always crack up at him! I dont even use the word convection anymore!

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Quoting claire4385:
1475....Is that for real? :S


That was taken today by MODIS.
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1481. xcool
i think Ike, is right.
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1480. hydrus
Quoting xcool:
That looks REALLY suspicious Xcool...What ever they are calling it, I would get out of its way.
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1475....Is that for real? :S
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Mandelbrot used both rigor and intuition in his ccontributions to calculus. He studied Hurst.

Harrold Hurst was an exceptional hydrologist of Sa Majeste Britanique who understood that to design the right dam for the Nile in Egypt, it was paramount to establish the precise sequence of floods and droughts. How high shall be a dam for the inhabitants of Cairo is a function of long-term dependence between data in a series of measurements
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Quoting Floodman:


Generally, yes...though there's a Mexican/South American fusion restaurant on Fillmore St in San Fransisco...LOL

Try the ceviche...it's outstanding!
Yes , fresca means refreshments
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Quoting TexasGulf:


I went to K-State. In 1987 (or was it '86), both K-State & KU went the entire football season, including both pre-season games without scoring a single point. The finale of the season was the infamous KU - K-State game with both teams ranked 109th & 110th. It was called the 'toilet bowl'.

People went to the game because; 1) somebody has to score a point. 2) The loser would be ranked worst in the nation.

That was the last year that a NCAA football game was allowed to end in a tie. Final score was 10 - 10. Neither team had won, and both were ranked worst in the nation. The after game parties were a bit deflated.

I would rather play football for Defeated High School. During those 3-4 years, with Stan Parrish as coach... K-State was pre-defeated before the football season started.


Not quite as bad, but I went to UH when we had the Love Coach...
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