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 BahaHurican:
Hmmm.... MIAhurr.09. has inspired me to at least THINK about doing a weekly blog updating the area between 20-30N and 70-80W.... The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos. Maybe I will feel so energized tomorrow that I will actually do something for this past week!

I'm out for now.... maybe I will check in later (around 2 a.m.?)
Good to hear. I'll definitely be checking often to see your thoughts.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
TampaSpin have you watch the movie called Knowing well if you seen it than you know why I don't want to see that LOL


I have not.....HUM....is it a new one or an oldie?
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1923. scott39
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


I forgot to mention I want them all to go out to sea!!!
Isnt the steering patterns going to favor more westward TCs and fewer fish?
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Hmmm.... MIAhurr.09. has inspired me to at least THINK about doing a weekly blog updating the area between 20-30N and 70-80W.... The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos. Maybe I will feel so energized tomorrow that I will actually do something for this past week!

I'm out for now.... maybe I will check in later (around 2 a.m.?)


No Sir! You'll be in bed! I wont allow it! LOL
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Quoting StormW:


Good! How are you this evening? I 'm just waiting for the tropics to open up full tilt bozo!


I'm doing great, just finished chatting with one of my graphic design professors. Sitting here looking at all the pretty old hurricane pictures and happy to see you this evening. Waiting is the most straining part of all storm. Can't wait to see you in action this season. :) Hey now that it's quiet here, maybe you can answer that question I had about comparing Hurricane Alex to a typhoon system. What's the main difference between atl systems and these type of systems? Besides the sheer size and the fact that it takes a while to ramp up and all. Sorry if this sounds unintelligent I'm trying to find the actual post I made in your blog asking the original question lol.
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1919. scott39
StormW, Do you expect to see more major hurricanes to make landfall this year? Why?
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Hmmm.... MIAhurr.09. has inspired me to at least THINK about doing a weekly blog updating the area between 20-30N and 70-80W.... The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos. Maybe I will feel so energized tomorrow that I will actually do something for this past week!

I'm out for now.... maybe I will check in later (around 2 a.m.?)
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Quoting scott39:
Your wish will come true soon enough!


I forgot to mention I want them all to go out to sea!!!
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TampaSpin have you watch the movie called Knowing well if you seen it than you know why I don't want to see that LOL
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1914. scott39
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Oh! Oh! I wish we are tracking a hurricane like Hurricane Katrina, one like Hurricane Wilma, one like Hurricane Mitch, and one like Hurricane Dean in August!! Oh! Oh!
Your wish will come true soon enough!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Oh! Oh! I wish we are tracking a hurricane like Hurricane Katrina, one like Hurricane Wilma, one like Hurricane Mitch, and one like Hurricane Dean in August!! Oh! Oh!
No thank u. Despite the fact that the blog would be deadly boring...
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1912. hydrus
Quoting Baltimorebirds:
Hurricane wilma had the smallest eye ever known to man.
HHMMM....Micro-pinhole?
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Oh! Oh! I wish we are tracking a hurricane like Hurricane Katrina, one like Hurricane Wilma, one like Hurricane Mitch, and one like Hurricane Dean in August!! Oh! Oh!
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1910. hydrus
...................................At the bottom right of this image, it states that the sustained winds of Mitch were 195 mph. And that the pressure was 906 millibars. The 195 mph was probably a typo.
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Quoting Ldog74:


Well, theres the one used for the wiki article which is pretty high quality Link but Ioke certainly doesn't get the attention it deserves since the only land it threatened was Alaska and some former army atoll in the WPAC
Part of the problem w/ Ioke imagery is that she was usually at her best [or worst, some say] at night. The daytime imagery usually caught some cat 4 fluctuation or an IWRC that made the presentation less than smooth...
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Quoting Ldog74:
I don't know about most beautiful hurricane of all time, but as far as most beautiful cyclone of all time is concerned, IMO Monica wins, hands down. <
wasn't that northern austrailian storm the 1 to set the world record wind gust of 253 mph yikes
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1904. Ldog74
Quoting BahaHurican:
Yah, we were trying not to go out of the basin bcause we know WPac and SPac and SInd have got all kindsa stuff... lol

What about Ioke? [dunno if I have seen any really decent sat. imagery of that storm...]


Well, theres the one used for the wiki article which is pretty high quality Link but Ioke certainly doesn't get the attention it deserves since the only land it threatened was Alaska and some former army atoll in the WPAC
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
nothing really the eruption at the moment is aim away from the earth we got to give it a few days till the orbit lines up to face earth then we see how it is
thanks:)
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That was a great analasys for someone like me. Thanks it was simple and easy to understand and I really like how you marked everything for me so I knew what you were talking about! very appreciated. Wish it was all so easy to understand.
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Quoting SavannahStorm:


Donna is an interesting one- its the only hurricane ever to bring hurricane force winds to every single state on the East Coast, from Florida to Maine.

I was 27 when Donna hit. My home was Ft Laud. I believe the first advisory east of the Lesser Antilles that was issued after Reconnaisance found the system had winds of 135 mph. Even though the system had been tracked for days at lesser wind values the Recon found it with this power. Gordon Dunn was the NHC director at the time.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
nothing really the eruption at the moment is aim away from the earth we got to give it a few days till the orbit lines up to face earth then we see how it is
Don't we get some electrostatic / radiowave type disruptions every time there's a big flareup in our direction?
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1898. hydrus
.............................Sunrise over record holding Hurricane Wilma.
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It's always fun to go back and read from the blog archives.

Here's a gem I posted back in 2005 complaining about rains from TS Tammy. In retrospect, I think I got out of the 2005 season pretty easy:


461. SavannahStorm 1:22 PM GMT on October 06, 2005
Yikes! 8.20 inches in the rain gauge this morning! Luckily no flooding near my house. However, my wife and I rode around a bit last night around 11 PM during the most powerful squall of the storm and there was an area of about 3 square blocks about a mile from my house under 2-3 feet of water. It rained for several more hours, so I'm not sure how high that water got. There was also a very large power outage- at least 3 square miles of no power at all. None of the local news outlets have reported any numbers on it yet, though.
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Quoting StormW:


Good evening Jae!


wooot! Hi storm my love! Sorry I didn't post earlier a hello. Had a phone call. How are you this fine evening?
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Quoting 1fromnovasscotia:
hurricane andrew the first cat 5 storm i ever saw devasted homestead florida, first time i seen a eye of a hurricane on cnn, horrible destruction but what cat 4 or 5 storm wouldn't storm surge would have been unreal, same for gulfport miss, the before and after pictures of that place was like comparing heaven to hell

I went through Andrew, in Homestead, it was very scarey. I went outside in the eye it was bright and a orange like color. After the eye is really when he really did damage. Something us Andrew survivors will never forget.
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1894. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting sarahjola:
wow! what will happen? will we see or feel anything form it? kinda scary, but I'm not sure i understand what this could mean. thanks for any info you can give on this:)
nothing really the eruption at the moment is aim away from the earth we got to give it a few days till the orbit lines up to face earth then we see how it is
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1891. hydrus
Quoting StormW:
That certainly looks like a pinhole eye.
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Quoting Ldog74:
I don't know about most beautiful hurricane of all time, but as far as most beautiful cyclone of all time is concerned, IMO Monica wins, hands down. <
Yah, we were trying not to go out of the basin bcause we know WPac and SPac and SInd have got all kindsa stuff... lol

What about Ioke? [dunno if I have seen any really decent sat. imagery of that storm...]
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1889. hydrus
.............................Frances north of Hispaniola.
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This may be a newbie question but I have seen this term alot today and dont know what it is. Can someone please give me a basic understanding of what the TUTT is? thanks.
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Quoting beell:
A fairly tough looking upper air pattern over the next week if it remains as depicted below. Most of the gulf under the influence of a strong upper ridge on the subsident side of the mid-latitude jet. Might be a little arid. A semi-wandering upper level trough across the mid-Atlantic. The southern end will serve as the TUTT base for the most part.
Wave development may be confined to the southern reaches of the MDR on a due west track.

18Z GFS Parallel 200mb @ 48 hrs.

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Can you please tell me where you find those type of images?
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Quoting hydrus:
I dont know if I could do it again..
hurricane andrew the first cat 5 storm i ever saw devasted homestead florida, first time i seen a eye of a hurricane on cnn, horrible destruction but what cat 4 or 5 storm wouldn't storm surge would have been unreal, same for gulfport miss, the before and after pictures of that place was like comparing heaven to hell
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Here is another view of the Sun Spot that exploded....UNREAL!

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1882. hydrus
Quoting Ldog74:
I don't know about most beautiful hurricane of all time, but as far as most beautiful cyclone of all time is concerned, IMO Monica wins, hands down. <
That looks intense...
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Quoting goalexgo:
None of you youngsters remember Donna, Sept? to Sept 12. My 6th birthday in Babylon Long Island. The eye passed over us at 1 pm...followed by a sustained 100 mph wind from the wsw that snapped everything, took of most of our roof. It crossed FL 2 days before as a 4, the same storm now on that track breaks every record in the books, including Katrina.

Reminiscing. Because its early July, and there's nothing going on.
Donna is one of the storms of legend here in the Bahamas... along w/ Betsy...
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
a flare on the sun that erupted yesterday and is slowly orbiting its way to face earth in a few days
wow! what will happen? will we see or feel anything form it? kinda scary, but I'm not sure i understand what this could mean. thanks for any info you can give on this:)
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1877. Ldog74
I don't know about most beautiful hurricane of all time, but as far as most beautiful cyclone of all time is concerned, IMO Monica wins, hands down. <
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1876. hydrus
.................................Georges whipping the Florida Keys.
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