…Severe Weather Risk for Wednesday Evening…
…Gale Watch in effect for Wednesday Night…
A strong late season cold front will rapidly push south across the Middle Texas Coastal Waters Wednesday Night. A period of strong to very strong north flow is likely to occur in its wake. Gale conditions will be possible across the Offshore waters of the Middle Texas Coast and possibly the Nearshore waters off Padre and Mustang Islands. The worst winds should be over by sunrise Thursday.
A rapidly moving line of showers and thunderstorms may develop near the Victoria area early Wednesday evening and strengthen as it pushes south across the Coastal Plains. Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible along this line, if it develops, with the greatest threat of severe weather currently expected to be across the Coastal Plains and Gulf waters.
Forecast & Impacts:
Becoming north sustained 25 to 30 knots across area bays and adjacent nearshore waters.
Sustained north 30 to 35 knots with gusts around 40 knots across offshore waters.
Strongest winds from late evening until late in the night.
Seas will rapidly build to 6 to 8 feet across the nearshore waters and 9 to 12 feet across the offshore waters.
Bays will become rough to occasionally very rough.
Operating a vessel in gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels.
The Gale Watch is intended to provide additional lead time for mariners who may wish to consider altering their plans.
It is highly recommended that mariners without the proper experience seek safe harbor prior to the onset of gale conditions.
A line of thunderstorms may develop across the Victoria area towards sunset and rapidly shift south during the evening.
If the line develops, it may strengthen as it moves across the Coastal Plains.
Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible as the line develops.
Strong straight-line winds, large hail, and frequent lightning will be the primary storm threats.
Please reference the additional resources below for more information.
Additional Information Resources:
NWS Corpus Christi Marine Webpage: http://www.weather.gov/crp/marine
Storm Prediction Center: www.spc.noaa.gov/
Online Severe Weather Reporting: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/StormReport/SubmitReport.php?site=crp
NWS Corpus Christi, TX