Tropical weather update

Texas Gulf coast residents are aware of the increase in tropical weather systems which begins during the month of August each year. Visitors to our coastal communities also need to be aware of the weather conditions so they can make their vacation and weekend plans and be prepared for changes.

The National Hurricane Center issued an update at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 22. The environmental conditions are expected to be “conducive for tropical development as the remnants of Harvey move into the Bay of Campeche tonight”. The chances of the formation of a tropical storm or hurricane within 5 days is 90%. Northern Mexico and the Texas coast, including the Coastal Bend area, are included in the alert area.

My Coastal World has two links on the bottom left of each page especially for our readers’ convenience. http://www.weather.gov/crp will give you the local daily forecast and five-day outlook. http://www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=crp provides two-day and five-day outlooks specifically about tropical weather development.

Even if this tropical disturbance does not develop to the hurricane stage, small craft advisories may be issued and dangerous rip currents usually are present.

Small craft advisories and beach conditions are also included at http://www.weather.gov/crp. Before launching a boat or swimming in the Gulf waters, checking these can help visitors plan for a safe time on the water.

Visiting these Weather Service webpages before making plans or heading out for the day will help residents and visitors know if any changes need to be made due to weather. With the many attractions and outdoor recreation activities available in the area, there is always something else to do. Visit the Calendar and Attraction pages on My Coastal World for up-to-date ideas.

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