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Marine Weather and Tides
Matagorda, TX

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Sunrise 6:27AMSunset 8:13PM Wednesday May 22, 2019 4:12 PM CDT (21:12 UTC) Moonrise 10:54PMMoonset 8:41AM Illumination 85% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 19 days in cycle
NOTE: Some of the data on this page has not been verified and should be used with that in mind. It may and occasionally will, be wrong. The tide reports are by xtide and are NOT FOR NAVIGATION.
Marine Forecasts
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GMZ350 Coastal Waters From Freeport To Matagorda Ship Channel Tx Out 20 Nm-coastal Waters From High Island To Freeport Tx Out 20 Nm- 333 Pm Cdt Wed May 22 2019
.small craft advisory in effect through Friday morning...
Tonight..Southeast winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet.
Thursday..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. A slight chance of showers. Isolated Thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Thursday night..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 7 feet.
Friday..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 7 feet.
Friday night..Southeast winds around 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet.
Saturday through Sunday night..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet.
Monday..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. A slight chance of showers and Thunderstorms.
Monday night..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 7 feet.
GMZ300 Synopsis For High Island To The Matagorda Ship Channel Out 60 Nautical Miles Including Galveston And Matagorda Bays 333 Pm Cdt Wed May 22 2019
Synopsis for high island to matagorda ship channel out 60 nm.. Moderate to occasionally strong onshore winds and elevated seas will persist for the next couple of days. Wind speeds and seas should generally diminish Saturday with more typical summer wind patterns with higher winds offshore at night that relax during the day. The pressure gradient will tighten back up again early next week with a corresponding increase of winds and seas.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Matagorda, TX
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Area Discussion for - Houston/Galveston, TX
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area forecast discussion
national weather service houston galveston tx
320 pm cdt Wed may 22 2019

Discussion
While not as breezy as yesterday, the wind is still fairly breezy
across the area. Despite that, temperatures continue to scrape to
around 90 degrees across the area this afternoon. Temperatures
will continue to be the focus of the next week or so, as the
environment continues to resemble something more like early summer
than spring.

Guidance is increasingly focused on a weak disturbance managing to
squeeze out a few showers and perhaps a thunderstorm tomorrow,
primarily in the west. It shouldn't amount to much, but tomorrow
may not be completely dry across southeast texas. For our next
significant chance of rain, we will have to look until the middle
of next week... Or longer.

Near term [through tonight]
A variance of partly to mostly cloudy conditions are in place
across southeast texas this afternoon with nothing of note on the
radar screen. Winds of 15 to a little over 20 mph are occurring
across most of the area, with gusts of 25-30 mph. This puts us on
the edge of a wind advisory, but don't expect winds to come up any
more, so will hold off on that for now.

Despite the clouds and though winds should help with the vertical
mixing, we're still warming fairly well this afternoon. Several
spots have reached 90 degrees, with the rest of the area in the
upper half of the 80s. Tonight, those winds and clouds will have
the reverse impact on cooling, keeping temperatures up through the
night. Look for overnight lows to be even a bit warmer than last
night, only falling into the middle to upper 70s.

Short term [Thursday through Friday night]
While no explicit record warm minimum temps are forecast at this
time, those records won't be entirely safe on Thursday - it will
be another day to watch the thermometer closely.

Guidance continues to indicate a very subtle upper vort max, and
nearly unanimously squeezes out some very light precip well to the
west of houston tomorrow afternoon. I suppose, with onshore flow
and the developing strong upper ridge centered well to our east,
that it's not out of the question. Precipitable water values in
that area are progged to be around or even a little above 1.5
inches, as well. Still, I would expect most everyone to stay dry.

I chose not to go higher than slight chance and low end chance
pops for the afternoon.

As the upper ridge continues over the southeast continues to
reign, Friday looks pretty much exactly like Thursday, only
without the rain chances.

Long term [Saturday through Wednesday]
Very little change through the weekend and into early next week.

The main question will be how far west does the upper ridge
migrate in the coming days? Some retrograde motion should be
expected, especially early in the work week, as i'd expect the
ridge to beef up a bit in advance of a deepening upper trough to
our west. The more the MAX heights drift our way, the warmer we
can expect to be. I've overshot the guidance consensus on highs in
this time frame, but not by much - just enough to keep highs
around the lower 90s and not slip back into the 80s. Regardless,
we should not see the torch action the southeastern states have
ahead of them.

For the midweek, we'll be watching how well the western trough can
break down the upper ridge as it moves east. This will potentially
bring our next solid chance of rain. The GFS is all on board with
this idea, and moves a pretty coherent line of showers and storms
into southeast texas. The canadian is a little less sure of the
idea, and the euro is strongly team ridge. This creates a split
even amongst blended guidance. Those blends that are more gfs-
heavy are giving me high pops, more euro-dominated blends are dry.

This is 8+ days out, so this seems like a perfect time to punt and
see where we're at after another run or two.

Aviation [18z TAF issuance]
Breezy again today and Thursday. Skies have trended towardVFR
and this should prevail through the afternoon except perhaps
lbx gls where intermittent MVFR ceilings will remain possible this
afternoon. Overall a drying trend noted in the profiles as pw of
1.2" today diminishes down to closer to 1" tonight then rebounds
back to 1.3-1.4" Thursday but still capped. Should see MVFR around
1500-2000ft ceilings develop between 02-04z over most of the
sites and prevail until after 15z Thursday. Winds today gusty with
16015g25kt being typical as well as tomorrow. 45* add discussion
here.

Marine
Persistent southeasterly flow on tap through at least early next
week. Winds should increase tonight to 15 to 25 knots then gradually
weaken Saturday 10-15 kts into early Monday then begin to increase
back up 15-20 knots again by late Monday. Seas of 6-10 feet
overnight in the offshore waters should gradually lessen Thursday
afternoon through Saturday with a persistent long SE fetch seas of 3-
7 feet should remain through the weekend. SCA in place for all of
the upper tx coastal waters tonight through 7 am Fri except
galveston bay through 7 am Thu and this will likely need a scec
after.

Coastal flood advisory will continue along the gulf facing coast.

Minor coastal flooding remains a possibility around times of high
tide. Wave run up and strong rip currents will prevail with building
seas overnight. As the seas slowly lower Friday as well as the
overall amplitude of the astronomical tide range the threat for
coastal flooding should slightly lower but will still have strong
rip currents.

45

Climate
Low temperatures this morning were a good 10 to nearly 20 degrees
above normal across the area. As of this afternoon, galveston and
both houston climate sites are on pace to tie or break record warm
minimum temperatures for the day. But... We still have until
midnight for temperatures to fall below record values, so don't
start counting on records just yet. Check back overnight for the
official word.

Preliminary point temps pops
College station (cll) 75 89 74 89 72 0 10 0 0 0
houston (iah) 77 88 75 88 74 0 10 0 0 0
galveston (gls) 78 83 78 83 78 10 10 0 0 0

Hgx watches warnings advisories
Tx... Coastal flood advisory until 5 pm cdt Thursday for the following
zones: brazoria islands... Galveston island and bolivar
peninsula... Matagorda islands.

Coastal flood advisory until 4 pm cdt this afternoon for the
following zones: coastal galveston... Coastal harris.

Gm... Small craft advisory until 7 am cdt Friday for the following
zones: coastal waters from freeport to matagorda ship
channel tx out 20 nm... Coastal waters from high island to
freeport tx out 20 nm... Matagorda bay... Waters from
freeport to matagorda ship channel tx from 20 to 60
nm... Waters from high island to freeport tx from 20 to 60
nm.

Small craft advisory until 7 am cdt Thursday for the following
zones: galveston bay.

Near term... Luchs
short term... Luchs
long term... Luchs
aviation... 45
marine... 45
climate... Luchs


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
EMAT2 2 mi48 min ESE 18 G 23 82°F 83°F1009.1 hPa
SGNT2 15 mi42 min SE 18 G 21 82°F 84°F1009.5 hPa
KBQX 29 mi37 min SE 15 G 23 84°F 79°F
MBET2 30 mi42 min SSE 21 G 24 81°F 1007.8 hPa
PCNT2 - 8773701 - Matagorda Bay; Port O'Connor, TX 32 mi48 min SE 23 G 27 82°F 83°F1008.4 hPa
FCGT2 - 8772447 - USCG Freeport, TX 35 mi48 min SE 18 G 23 82°F 82°F1011.2 hPa
FPST2 35 mi42 min SE 21 G 24 81°F 83°F1010.2 hPa
VCAT2 39 mi42 min SE 22 G 25
KBBF 44 mi37 min SSE 23 81°F 77°F
LUIT2 48 mi42 min SE 14 G 21 83°F 82°F1010.9 hPa
SDRT2 - 8773037 - Seadrift, TX 48 mi48 min ESE 20 G 26 85°F 84°F1008.4 hPa

Wind History for Port OConnor, TX
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Palacios Municipal Airport, TX20 mi79 minSSE 21 G 298.00 miOvercast and Breezy86°F77°F75%1009.5 hPa
Bay City, Bay City Municipal Airport, TX20 mi77 minSE 14 G 247.00 miOvercast87°F77°F73%1010.2 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Port O'Connor, Matagorda Bay, Texas
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Port O'Connor
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Wed -- 02:39 AM CDT     -0.23 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:31 AM CDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 09:44 AM CDT     Moonset
Wed -- 02:39 PM CDT     0.94 feet High Tide
Wed -- 08:13 PM CDT     Sunset
Wed -- 11:55 PM CDT     Moonrise
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Tide / Current Tables for Pass Cavallo, Texas
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Pass Cavallo
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Wed -- 06:31 AM CDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 09:39 AM CDT     1.58 feet High Tide
Wed -- 09:44 AM CDT     Moonset
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Wed -- 11:55 PM CDT     Moonrise
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