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Steve Fouga

Stan, for purposes of storm forecasting, what do you consider "the upper Texas Coast?" Down to about the Colorado River?

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Stan Blazyk

That's not a bad way to divide it up. Generally, I would include Matagorda County as well. Any decent sized storm coming in between Freeport and Matagorda will wallop Galveston County fairly well. I notice that when they post warnings for the Upper-Texas coast, they often extend from Palacios or Matagorda eastward.

But, in reality there is no hard and set division between the regions. Hurricane Carla came in at Port O'Connor and that was considered a landfall on the middle Texas coast.

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Stan Blazyk

Good question.

Actually, as far as Southern Region National Weather Service divisions go, the Houston-Galveston NWS extends south to Port O'Connor and Matagorda Bay, but only east through Chambers and Liberty Counties. The Beaumont-Port Arthur area is now with Lake Charles. South of Port O'Connor we run into the Corpus Christi NWS division which extends south through Kleberg County and Kingsville. The Brownsville NWS covers the are of the coast south of the Corpus region to the mouth of the Rio Grande.

In traditional terms, the upper-Texas coast usually referred to the area from the Sabine southwest to the Matagorda/Palacios area, with the Middle Texas coast referring to the area from Palacios south to north Padre and the Lower Texas coast from that sector down to the mouth of th e Rio Grande. I still prefer this older tradition.

Steve Fouga

Thanks, Stan. I'm with you on the older tradition.

George Croix

I'd prefer a repeat of the 25 year break between Alicia and Ike for this area.

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