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Marine Weather and Tides
Surfside Beach, TX

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Sunrise 6:23AMSunset 8:13PM Saturday May 25, 2019 6:18 AM CDT (11:18 UTC) Moonrise 12:18AMMoonset 11:18AM Illumination 61% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 21 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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GMZ355 Expires:201905252230;;429012 Fzus54 Khgx 250931 Cwfhgx Coastal Waters Forecast National Weather Service Houston/galveston Tx 431 Am Cdt Sat May 25 2019 Upper Texas Coastal Waters From High Island To The Matagorda Ship Channel Out 60 Nautical Miles Including Galveston And Matagorda Bays Seas Are Provided As A Range Of The Average Height Of The Highest 1/3 Of The Waves...along With The Occasional Height Of The Average Highest 10 Percent Of The Waves. Gmz350-355-252230- Coastal Waters From Freeport To Matagorda Ship Channel Tx Out 20 Nm-coastal Waters From High Island To Freeport Tx Out 20 Nm- 431 Am Cdt Sat May 25 2019
.small craft should exercise caution...
Today..Southeast winds around 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Isolated sprinkles early in the morning. Isolated sprinkles late.
Tonight..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Scattered sprinkles after midnight.
Sunday..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
Sunday night..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
Monday..South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. A slight chance of showers.
Monday night..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet.
Tuesday..South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. A slight chance of showers.
Tuesday night..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet.
Wednesday..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. A slight chance of showers. A slight chance of Thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Wednesday night..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. A slight chance of showers after midnight.
GMZ300 Synopsis For High Island To The Matagorda Ship Channel Out 60 Nautical Miles Including Galveston And Matagorda Bays 431 Am Cdt Sat May 25 2019
Synopsis for high island to matagorda ship channel out 60 nm.. Generally moderate onshore winds and elevated seas will persist through the weekend.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Surfside Beach, TX
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Area Discussion for - Houston/Galveston, TX
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area forecast discussion
national weather service houston galveston tx
342 am cdt Sat may 25 2019

Discussion
It's been 12 hours since the last time I Sat here writing the
forecast discussion, and i'll be honest with you - I spent a brief
moment wondering if I could copy and paste the afternoon afd and
see if anyone noticed. Anyway, here's some thoughts on the
memorial day weekend.

- weather-wise, this weekend should be pretty ideal for the
"opening" of summer. Like the last several days, it will be more
like a summer day than spring. So, though the temperatures will
not be unheard of, it is pretty warm for the time of year, so be
sure to enjoy plenty of water and shade as part of your
observances.

- rain should largely be out of the picture for most of the
weekend. Saturday and Sunday may squeeze out a couple sprinkles
or even a brief shower or two, but rain will not be a concern
for most everyone.

- while the weather is pretty great for outdoor activities, and
the temperatures will definitely have you thinking about the
water, use extra caution if you take a trip to the beach. The
persistent, breezy, onshore flow has tides running above normal
and we'll have strong rip currents through the weekend.

Near term [through today]
For several days now we've been advertising the development of a
very strong ridge aloft over the southeast us - and, here it is.

Multiple upper air sites observed a 594 dm height at 500 mb with
this evening's balloon launch. Given lake charles was at 592 dm
and corpus was at 590 dm, a 591 contour line on a 500 mb chart
would certainly slice through our area. After starting out the day
in the lower 70s up north and nearly 80 degrees at the coast, look
for afternoon highs to reach towards the lower 90s away from the
gulf, and in the middle to upper 80s at the water.

The radar has shown some light streamer... Well, even showers seems
too strong a word here. Isolated streamer sprinkles can be found,
and I suppose we could see some of that carry on through the day.

The increased heating may help kick start some
updrafts... But... Precipitable water is down around one inch and
i'd expect we'll also see some solid mixing out of low level
moisture. All in all, decided to put an area of sprinkles in, but
not even enough confidence to go with slight chance pops for
today. The ridge should be large and in charge.

Short term [tonight through Monday night]
Changes through memorial day should be fairly subtle. By the end
of Monday, the center of the upper high will drop south to the
gulf coast, and work a little bit to the west. At the same time,
an upper trough will be about to drop off the front range and a
low pressure center will begin to form up on the colorado kansas
border. As a result, though the highest 500 heights are likely to
be closer to us, things will be blunted and we should see some
modest 500 mb height falls into Monday. Along with precipitable
water also rising modestly, I continue to bring in some slight
chances of showers in on Monday. Not sure that we'll see to much.

After all, we'll still have a stacked high to our east and a
fairly stable setup. But... We are getting signs that things will
start to break down.

Similarly, temperatures should stay pretty stable through the rest
of the weekend. Some increased clouds and possibly some showers
for some would likely knock a bit off the top of the temperatures
- but no more than a few degrees.

Long term [Monday night through Saturday]
While we have pretty strong agreement through the holiday in the
guidance, things still do diverge as we head deeper into next
week. In broad strokes, the upper trough is still very likely to
drop into the central plains and eject northeast towards the great
lakes. The surface low will lead it along that track, which will
leave us well, well south of the main activity. No surprise here
that spc's extended outlooks are far to our north.

The specifics on how the tail end of the low's cold front will
affect is considerably more fuzzy. Certainly, given the strength
of our ridge, i'm pleased that the idea of a front strongly
driving into the area has been abandoned in the guidance. The
question will be... How close does the front make it, and what will
its impact be on the onshore flow into the frontal zone? Went into
this in some detail this afternoon, and not much is very
different. Because of this, I held to slowly building up to a peak
of solidly "chance" pops on Thursday. I expect, unless the
guidance envelope locks in shortly, that the forecast will
continue to slowly evolve to what will emerge as the preferred
scenario.

Aviation [09z TAF update]
We will likely start the day with a mix of MVFR CIGS across SE tx as
moderate onshore winds persist at the lower layers of the atmosphere.

This should give way to bknVFR ceilings by this afternoon with some
isolated showers possible. Given the persistent larger scale weather
features not a lot of change is expected with this forecast the rest
of the weekend. 41

Marine
While winds have decreased across the coastal waters, this deep on-
shore fetch has persisted... And is expected to continue the rest of
the holiday weekend. Will keep the scec flags in place for the near
and offshore waters today tonight and drop them for the bays. Winds
and seas should remain right around scec criteria the next few days
(especially across the offshore waters) as we remain on the western
fringes of the strong upper ridge over the SE u.S..

This larger scale weather pattern does keep conditions favorable for
minor coastal flooding issues, with elevated wave run-up during high
tides for gulf facing locations. Additionally... The surf will remain
elevated to rough at times... With strong rip currents a concern.

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Preliminary point temps pops
College station (cll) 92 73 91 72 91 0 10 0 10 10
houston (iah) 91 74 90 74 90 0 10 0 0 10
galveston (gls) 85 78 84 78 84 0 10 0 10 20

Hgx watches warnings advisories
Tx... None.

Gm... Small craft should exercise caution until 5 am cdt early this
morning for the following zones: galveston bay... Matagorda
bay.

Small craft should exercise caution through late tonight 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... 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.

Near term... Luchs
short term... Luchs
long term... Luchs
aviation... 41
marine... 41


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
LUIT2 4 mi30 min SE 11 G 13 79°F 82°F1016 hPa
FCGT2 - 8772447 - USCG Freeport, TX 9 mi42 min SE 15 G 17 80°F 82°F1016.2 hPa
FPST2 9 mi36 min SE 15 G 18 80°F 81°F1015.4 hPa
42043 - GA-252 TABS B 15 mi168 min SSE 16 G 18 80°F1015 hPa
GRRT2 24 mi36 min S 8 G 12 79°F 81°F1015.8 hPa
GTOT2 28 mi30 min SSE 7 G 12
SGNT2 30 mi30 min SE 13 G 17 80°F 82°F1015.2 hPa
GNJT2 - 8771341 - Galveston Bay (North Jetty), TX 33 mi36 min SSE 18 G 21 83°F 81°F1015.4 hPa
EPTT2 - 8771013 - Eagle Point, TX 34 mi36 min S 13 G 16 80°F 81°F1015.9 hPa
KXIH 36 mi23 min SE 16 79°F 73°F
42035 - GALVESTON 22NM East of Galveston, TX 43 mi28 min SE 16 G 18 79°F 80°F4 ft1017.1 hPa78°F
EMAT2 45 mi36 min SE 9.9 G 13 79°F 80°F1015.1 hPa
MGPT2 - 8770613 - Morgans Point, TX 46 mi30 min SE 7 G 11
NCHT2 - 8770777 - Manchester, TX 48 mi30 min SE 5.1 G 8
RLOT2 - 8770971 - Rollover Pass, TX 48 mi30 min SSE 9.9 G 14

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Airport Reports
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Angleton / Lake Jackson, Brazoria County Airport, TX16 mi25 minSE 410.00 miPartly Cloudy76°F71°F85%1015.9 hPa
Galveston, Scholes Field, TX23 mi26 minSE 1210.00 miMostly Cloudy78°F73°F85%1016.7 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Christmas Point, Christmas Bay, Texas
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Christmas Point
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Sat -- 01:17 AM CDT     Moonrise
Sat -- 05:49 AM CDT     0.15 feet Low Tide
Sat -- 06:24 AM CDT     Sunrise
Sat -- 12:18 PM CDT     Moonset
Sat -- 02:37 PM CDT     0.89 feet High Tide
Sat -- 08:11 PM CDT     Sunset
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Tide / Current Tables for Alligator Point, West Bay, Texas
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Alligator Point
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Sat -- 01:17 AM CDT     Moonrise
Sat -- 05:51 AM CDT     0.15 feet Low Tide
Sat -- 06:23 AM CDT     Sunrise
Sat -- 12:18 PM CDT     Moonset
Sat -- 02:44 PM CDT     0.89 feet High Tide
Sat -- 08:11 PM CDT     Sunset
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