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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I wonder how long the GOM will stay this way...

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West, Texas is the epicenter for Czech Texans... they have a dozen Czech this and Czech that in the town...
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1010 mb. Our next Invest ??

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I think it shows a nice cyclonic circulation, and it is under low shear values and a little anticyclone aloft...



I'm not sure if there is somebody talking about that yet.

Thank you!
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1371. angiest
Quoting ConchHondros:


Its pronounced Awwwwmble...real slow like...practice by knocking out all but 1 tooth, drink a pint of Jeremiah Weed for breakfast, and smoke 40 years worth of cigarettes


How are San Felipe and Bayou pronounced?
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Quoting angiest:


We also have China.

Sour Lake
Humble (the H is silent. How someone pronounces that name says something about how long they have lived in the 'ouston area.)


Its pronounced Awwwwmble...real slow like...practice by knocking out all but 1 tooth, drink a pint of Jeremiah Weed for breakfast, and smoke 40 years worth of cigarettes
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1366. angiest
Quoting tomballtxgal:
Can anyone tell me why IKE wasn't retired???


It was, it will not be reused.

Unless you are asking about the blogger here. :)
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Quoting tomballtxgal:
Can anyone tell me why IKE wasn't retired???


It was retired
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Can anyone tell me why IKE wasn't retired???
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1363. angiest
Quoting P451:


Also Boston, TX. Chicago, TX. Earth, TX. Palestine, TX.

I guess when the state is so big you run out of names and just say.. "F'it...name it ____"


Texas Towns A to Z



edit: some more...

Charlotte, TX
Cheeseland, TX
Columbus, TX
Cut and Shoot, TX
Memphis, TX

etc...


We also have China.

Sour Lake
Humble (the H is silent. How someone pronounces that name says something about how long they have lived in the 'ouston area.)

Paris
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1362. scott39
Is there a ULL in the central Atlantic?
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1361. angiest
Quoting 2ndGenHunter:


North FL (Lower Al) has Two Egg just down the road from Stiff and Ugly.....spelled Estaphan Eaugallie on an old map from the 1830's


ROTFLMAO!
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1360. Patrap
NEXSAT,East Coast Loop
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I wave an idea to keep the blog alive during withdrawal symptoms. We need to incorporate our daily actions to resemble a useless website that keeps up with famous peeps.

Now that I have posted some useless dribble to occupy space I will return to lurking.
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1356. Patrap
Caribbean - Rainbow Loop
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Quoting Floodman:


Oh, Texas is full of them...Gunbarrel City, Mule Shoe...Missouri had a Dead Mule before Lake of the Ozarks made it disappear...my favorite of all times though has to be a sleepy little hamlet in Louisiana called Dry Prong


My Aunt from Rose Bud Arkansas is married to a pretty cool cat from Mule Shoe...but nothing...and I mean nothing beats Jackass Flats Oklahoma
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Quoting Floodman:


Oh, Texas is full of them...Gunbarrel City, Mule Shoe...Missouri had a Dead Mule before Lake of the Ozarks made it disappear...my favorite of all times though has to be a sleepy little hamlet in Louisiana called Dry Prong


North FL (Lower Al) has Two Egg just down the road from Stiff and Ugly.....spelled Estaphan Eaugallie on an old map from the 1830's
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1353. Patrap
Gulf Of Mexico - Rainbow Loop
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1352. angiest
Quoting Floodman:


Oh, Texas is full of them...Gunbarrel City, Mule Shoe...Missouri had a Dead Mule before Lake of the Ozarks made it disappear...my favorite of all times though has to be a sleepy little hamlet in Louisiana called Dry Prong


Woman Hollering Creek east of San Antonio.

There's also West, TX, which is not in west Texas. That one will confuse people.
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Quoting Patrap:
NEXRAD Radar
Morehead City, Composite Reflectivity Range 124 NMI



Radar presentation looks better than TD2 did. This may very well be an unclassified (sub)tropical cyclone.
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1349. Patrap
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1348. Nimitz
Quoting Floodman:


Oh, Texas is full of them...Gunbarrel City, Mule Shoe...Missouri had a Dead Mule before Lake of the Ozarks made it disappear...my favorite of all times though has to be a sleepy little hamlet in Louisiana called Dry Prong


Near Marianna, Fl., "Two Egg".
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1347. Patrap
NEXRAD Radar
Morehead City, Composite Reflectivity Range 124 NMI

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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
...The work to replace a leaky containment cap on the well head with a tighter one will begin Saturday, National Incident Commander Thad Allen said. At the same time, a ship connecting to a different part of the leak is expected to come online Sunday.

Oil will flow unimpeded into the Gulf during the cap switch for at least part of the weekend.

If all goes according to plan, the combination of the cap and the new vessel could collect all the leaking oil by Monday, stopping it from escaping into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April 20.


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/07/09/us/AP-US-Gulf-Oil-Spill.html?partner=rss& ;emc=rss


Thank goodness for some good news finally. Let us keep our fingers crossed. I went on sea trials with the Navy about two weeks ago and got some disturbing pictures. Go in my profile here to see them I posted most of them. they don't show that in the press anymore BTW.
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1345. NRAamy
The constant heat has baked the brains of the Miami met office.

Here's a quote from Forecaster JB earlier this morning...

"Swirley, swirley? No swirley? Duhhhh..Waffles!!" --JB



hahahaha! instant classic!
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Quoting angiest:


One of the best place-names ever! :)


Oh, Texas is full of them...Gunbarrel City, Mule Shoe...Missouri had a Dead Mule before Lake of the Ozarks made it disappear...my favorite of all times though has to be a sleepy little hamlet in Louisiana called Dry Prong
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Also, pressure at hatteras is 1008. Looks like the low is right over 'em.
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It's fairly breezy here in New Bern, NC. The line of storms is dying out before it gets here. Down to 1012mb.
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Quoting TXGulfCoast:


LOL, not "looker", they said "locker" (as in Davy Jones' Locker)


LOL...
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Quoting ConchHondros:


I know...picture Buffalo Bill from Silence Of The Lambs...chubbier, slightly balding and running an office and the pit is a 5th wheel in Cut-n-Shoot Texas...


Stop it! Now I'm LMAO...
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Quoting Floodman:


LOL...if you like the androgynous type, I guess


LOL, not "looker", they said "locker" (as in Davy Jones' Locker)
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1337. angiest
Quoting ConchHondros:


I know...picture Buffalo Bill from Silence Of The Lambs...chubbier, slightly balding and running an office and the pit is a 5th wheel in Cut-n-Shoot Texas...


One of the best place-names ever! :)
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...The work to replace a leaky containment cap on the well head with a tighter one will begin Saturday, National Incident Commander Thad Allen said. At the same time, a ship connecting to a different part of the leak is expected to come online Sunday.

Oil will flow unimpeded into the Gulf during the cap switch for at least part of the weekend.

If all goes according to plan, the combination of the cap and the new vessel could collect all the leaking oil by Monday, stopping it from escaping into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April 20.


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/07/09/us/AP-US-Gulf-Oil-Spill.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
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Quoting StormW:


The increased possibility of landfalls to the U.S., all depending on orientation.


As a La Nina schema would tend to indicate..
Hey, Storm!
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Quoting tkeith:
Post Landfall Syndrome...

dont worry Levi it's curable :)


Yep...a nice injection of potential CAT3 CONUS landfall will cure that issue at a rapid pace...
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Quoting Floodman:


Oh, no...I never dog the Bowie...

As for Brown doing the glam thing (aieeee, in spandex, no less) that's an image I can do without!


I know...picture Buffalo Bill from Silence Of The Lambs...chubbier, slightly balding and running an office and the pit is a 5th wheel in Cut-n-Shoot Texas...
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Well the tropics are quiet once again, but my feeling is that this is just the calm before the storm. This season feels so much like 2005 is not even funny.
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Good Day folks,
Oh well, throwing in my two cents worth. Impressive feature I think that may need to be watched off the East coast. Area of interest with some serious spin at 37N/75W. I know it has been mentioned earlier, but this could come into play the next few days. WV loops as well as Infared loops show serious moisture heading towards the NE. HMMM?? Just an observation. Good job to all in here for their knowledge, ciao for now
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Quoting ConchHondros:


Please...ftlog...boss...dont dog the Bowie...Brown will throw on some glitter and try to squeeze into some spandex...not pretty


Oh, no...I never dog the Bowie...

As for Brown doing the glam thing (aieeee, in spandex, no less) that's an image I can do without!
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