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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1876. hydrus
.................................Georges whipping the Florida Keys.
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1874. hydrus
.................................Mitch.
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Hey Storm Good Evening Sir. Just wanted you to know that you are our main source of storm information this hurricane season. I also have introduced this blog to others in my office
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1872. 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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Man 2003 was a while back
Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
Fact of the day

Did you know that four hurricanes have existed simultaneously twice, August 22, 1893 and September 25-27, 1998 with Georges, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl as hurricanes. In 1971 there were 5 tropical cyclones simultaneously, but only 2 were hurricanes.

Can you image the blog if we had an event this year similar to September 25-27, 1998? IMO, this entire website would turn into a wormhole.


It would be Chaos, people would be spewing good info on all four systems and many others will be spewing nonsense on those four systems and then people will be spewing nonsense for the heck of it.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Isabel wasn't 'suggested' Isabel WAS a annular Hurricane. Maintained Category 5 for what seemed like forever to me.. I have never been so terrified when it came to weather in my life. They were saying Isabel would weaken.. and when it did it just regained Category 5 status again and got even bigger. I was certain that I would be in Category 3 winds at least.. I got the NW eyewall when it hit as a Category 2 and received Category 1 winds. My local BP (or was it Exxon?) gas station's roof collapsed, my bank got its roof ripped off and a tree in my backyard was torn up. Here are some of my pics..









Most of its just tree damage that I have, it was extensive. One house had 8 tree's IIRC collapse onto itself. Plus a sewer started spewing out.. stuff onto a nearby road. Humid, hot, stink was mad!
You said a mouthful! Those 3 or so days when Isabel was cat 5-4-5-4-5-4, she was making a beeline for The Bahamas... u can imagine the nail-biting.... and the relief when a more northward component began to kick in....
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1867. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting sarahjola:
what is that?:)
a flare on the sun that erupted yesterday and is slowly orbiting its way to face earth in a few days
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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 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.
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1865. hydrus
Quoting sarahjola:

i know this is just one storm, but could you imagine the wide spread heart attacks if we were to have 4 hurricanes straight in a row? think we would ever see anything like that in our lifetime?:)
I dont know if I could do it again..
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Re#1860

Good to know Storm
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Quoting StormW:


That's when I would go to my blog, and invite whoever wanted to chat on there.
I was about to say the same thing, hopefully we don't get to that point.
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Quoting Becca36:

My husband chuckles at me every year as I track with my charts..


Old school all the way. It's the only way!! I have a stack of tracking charts.
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1861. hydrus
................................Nice pic of Isador with a rare strike on the Northern Yucatan.
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1859. JLPR2
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


Date: 15 SEP-1 OCT 1998
Hurricane GEORGES
ADV LAT LON TIME WIND PR STAT
1 9.70 -25.10 09/15/12Z 30 1009 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
2 9.80 -26.50 09/15/18Z 30 1009 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
3 10.00 -28.10 09/16/00Z 30 1009 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
4 10.30 -29.70 09/16/06Z 30 1009 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
5 10.60 -31.30 09/16/12Z 35 1005 TROPICAL STORM
6 11.00 -32.90 09/16/18Z 35 1003 TROPICAL STORM
7 11.30 -34.60 09/17/00Z 45 1000 TROPICAL STORM
8 11.70 -36.30 09/17/06Z 50 997 TROPICAL STORM
9 12.00 -38.10 09/17/12Z 55 994 TROPICAL STORM
10 12.30 -40.00 09/17/18Z 65 987 HURRICANE-1
11 12.50 -42.00 09/18/00Z 70 984 HURRICANE-1
12 12.80 -43.90 09/18/06Z 80 977 HURRICANE-1
13 13.10 -45.70 09/18/12Z 85 973 HURRICANE-2
14 13.50 -47.40 09/18/18Z 90 970 HURRICANE-2
15 13.90 -49.00 09/19/00Z 90 970 HURRICANE-2
16 14.40 -50.60 09/19/06Z 95 965 HURRICANE-2
17 14.90 -52.00 09/19/12Z 110 954 HURRICANE-3
18 15.40 -53.50 09/19/18Z 125 949 HURRICANE-4
19 15.70 -54.90 09/20/00Z 130 939 HURRICANE-4
20 16.00 -56.30 09/20/06Z 135 937 HURRICANE-4
21 16.20 -57.70 09/20/12Z 130 939 HURRICANE-4
22 16.40 -59.20 09/20/18Z 115 956 HURRICANE-4
23 16.70 -60.60 09/21/00Z 100 963 HURRICANE-3
24 17.10 -62.10 09/21/06Z 100 966 HURRICANE-3
25 17.40 -63.60 09/21/12Z 95 966 HURRICANE-2
26 17.80 -65.00 09/21/18Z 90 970 HURRICANE-2
27 18.20 -66.30 09/22/00Z 90 970 HURRICANE-2
28 18.00 -67.40 09/22/06Z 95 972 HURRICANE-2
29 18.20 -68.50 09/22/12Z 105 964 HURRICANE-3
30 18.60 -69.70 09/22/18Z 95 970 HURRICANE-2

31 18.80 -70.80 09/23/00Z 70 980 HURRICANE-1
32 19.00 -72.10 09/23/06Z 65 990 HURRICANE-1
33 19.30 -73.30 09/23/12Z 65 996 HURRICANE-1
34 19.80 -74.30 09/23/18Z 65 994 HURRICANE-1
35 20.50 -74.90 09/24/00Z 65 992 HURRICANE-1
36 20.80 -76.00 09/24/06Z 65 991 HURRICANE-1
37 21.30 -77.20 09/24/12Z 70 990 HURRICANE-1
38 21.90 -78.00 09/24/18Z 75 989 HURRICANE-1
39 22.70 -79.00 09/25/00Z 80 987 HURRICANE-1
40 23.40 -80.20 09/25/06Z 85 986 HURRICANE-2
41 23.90 -81.30 09/25/12Z 90 982 HURRICANE-2
42 24.60 -82.40 09/25/18Z 90 975 HURRICANE-2
43 24.80 -83.30 09/26/00Z 90 974 HURRICANE-2
44 25.20 -84.20 09/26/06Z 90 975 HURRICANE-2
45 25.70 -85.10 09/26/12Z 90 974 HURRICANE-2
46 26.20 -85.90 09/26/18Z 90 975 HURRICANE-2
47 27.00 -86.50 09/27/00Z 95 969 HURRICANE-2
48 27.60 -87.20 09/27/06Z 95 970 HURRICANE-2
49 28.20 -87.80 09/27/12Z 95 962 HURRICANE-2
50 28.80 -88.30 09/27/18Z 95 962 HURRICANE-2
51 29.30 -88.50 09/28/00Z 95 961 HURRICANE-2
52 29.80 -88.70 09/28/06Z 90 964 HURRICANE-2
53 30.40 -88.90 09/28/12Z 90 965 HURRICANE-2
54 30.60 -88.90 09/28/18Z 65 984 HURRICANE-1
55 30.60 -89.00 09/29/00Z 50 986 TROPICAL STORM
56 30.60 -88.40 09/29/06Z 40 992 TROPICAL STORM
57 31.00 -88.10 09/29/12Z 30 994 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
58 30.90 -87.50 09/29/18Z 30 996 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
59 30.80 -86.90 09/30/00Z 30 998 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
60 30.70 -86.30 09/30/06Z 30 1000 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
61 30.70 -85.40 09/30/12Z 25 1002 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
62 30.60 -84.20 09/30/18Z 25 1004 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
63 30.50 -83.00 10/01/00Z 25 1006 TROPICAL DEPRESSION
64 30.50 -81.80 10/01/06Z 20 1008 TROPICAL DEPRESSION


Georges said Hi to me on his way to DR, Cuba and Florida
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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.
1960
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Ivan is the one I will never forget anyway it seems that shear is falling in the eastern Carib more reason that we should watch this wave in that area

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Quoting StormW:


Shhhhh! Not so loud, I don't want Mother Nature to hear.
We had 4 circles and the blog was insane, imagine 4 hurricane.
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i no whats talk about mode runs
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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.
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Quoting StormW:


NHC Website has blank maps.
Here's a really good map that I use very often. It can be found here:

Weather Underground Tracking Chart
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1852. Becca36
Quoting CapeObserver:


Here in FL they are readily available at all of the home improvement and grocery stores. They are usually sponsored by local TV stations.

My husband chuckles at me every year as I track with my charts..
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
what is that?:)
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SOLAR BLAST: Just a few hours ago, a tangle of magnetic fields at the sun's northeastern limb became unstable and erupted. The explosion emitted a flash of UV light (a C3-class solar flare) and hurled a massive plume of hot plasma away from the stellar surface...

SDO has been busy since this active region appeared yesterday, recording B- and C-class flares every few hours. So far none of the eruptions has been Earth-directed, but this could change in the days ahead as the active region turns to face our planet...
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Quoting hydrus:
.....................................Andrew again.

i know this is just one storm, but could you imagine the wide spread heart attacks if we were to have 4 hurricanes straight in a row? think we would ever see anything like that in our lifetime?:)
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1845. hydrus
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
Could that be a CMC?
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1844. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
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1843. hydrus
..............................Dean nearing Jamaica. sorta..:)
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1842. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
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Quoting zebralove:
OH and now I see the little quote button.... der der der ...in all seriousness where would one find empty maps to plot storm courses on is there a certain store to find them at or something?


Here in FL they are readily available at all of the home improvement and grocery stores. They are usually sponsored by local TV stations.
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1839. hydrus
.....................................Andrew again.
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Quoting StormW:


Good evening Jae!


Good Evening Storm!
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Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
Fact of the day

Did you know that four hurricanes have existed simultaneously twice, August 22, 1893 and September 25-27, 1998 with Georges, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl as hurricanes. In 1971 there were 5 tropical cyclones simultaneously, but only 2 were hurricanes.

Can you image the blog if we had an event this year similar to September 25-27, 1998? IMO, this entire website would turn into a wormhole.



yup and this think if they made land fall in the USA all 5 of them
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Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
Fact of the day

Did you know that four hurricanes have existed simultaneously twice, August 22, 1893 and September 25-27, 1998 with Georges, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl as hurricanes. In 1971 there were 5 tropical cyclones simultaneously, but only 2 were hurricanes.

Can you image the blog if we had an event this year similar to September 25-27, 1998? IMO, this entire website would turn into a wormhole.


1893 was a beast of a year. Two of the top 10 deadliest hurricanes were both in 1893: The GA/SC Sea Islands Hurricane and the Cheniere, LA hurricane. It sits up there with 2004 and 2005 as one of the most active ever, and that was before satellite monitoring or air recon!
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Quoting hunkerdown:
or not...
well, in 1778 our troops decided to work for half pay which helped to keep the fight for freedom alive. and thanks to the appointment of Steuben our troops got much need training and became a top notch military. all in all it was a good year for America:) anyway, i was just joking around:)
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1834. hydrus
Quoting SavannahStorm:


Hugo and Floyd are the two I have nightmares about, because they could have easily had our number. Sooner or later, Georgia's luck will run out.
It will....Hopefully the people there will heed those warnings when they go up..:)
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1833. BDAwx
I remember the surf from Isabel in Bermuda - the highest I've ever seen.
I started tracking storms in 2004 just in time to catch the records being broken :).
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1831. hydrus
....................................Isabel just before landfall..
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Fact of the day

Did you know that four hurricanes have existed simultaneously twice, August 22, 1893 and September 25-27, 1998 with Georges, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl as hurricanes. In 1971 there were 5 tropical cyclones simultaneously, but only 2 were hurricanes.

Can you image the blog if we had an event this year similar to September 25-27, 1998? IMO, this entire website would turn into a wormhole.
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thanks so much for the info
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Isabel wasn't 'suggested' Isabel WAS a annular Hurricane. Maintained Category 5 for what seemed like forever to me.. I have never been so terrified when it came to weather in my life. They were saying Isabel would weaken.. and when it did it just regained Category 5 status again and got even bigger. I was certain that I would be in Category 3 winds at least.. I got the NW eyewall when it hit as a Category 2 and received Category 1 winds. My local BP (or was it Exxon?) gas station's roof collapsed, my bank got its roof ripped off and a tree in my backyard was torn up. Here are some of my pics..









Most of its just tree damage that I have, it was extensive. One house had 8 tree's IIRC collapse onto itself. Plus a sewer started spewing out.. stuff onto a nearby road. Humid, hot, stink was mad!
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OH and now I see the little quote button.... der der der ...in all seriousness where would one find empty maps to plot storm courses on is there a certain store to find them at or something?
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