“Bottom line is, we’ve got a terrible beach weekend coming up,” said Brownsville National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith. “We’ve got the combination of the high water that’s already there, the dangerous rip currents that are there, the red tide that’s already there, we’re going to have water going into the dunes or up to the dunes at least Wednesday, Thursday, and probably Friday, too.”
The weekend doesn’t look too much brighter either, literally. The National Weather Service has predicted a heavy amount of rainfall for Saturday, and continued drizzle on Sunday.
And as Goldsmith stated, high tides will be present along the Southern Gulf tonight and tomorrow.
“We called it an advisory situation, which means you really can’t get on the beach without losing your umbrella, losing your tent, losing anything like your trash cans you put out there,” said Goldsmith. “Those will all have to be moved behind the dunes so they can be safe.”
The moon’s gravitational pull on the earth to create the tide cycles reaches a maximum around this time, or during the fall and spring. That, combined with the high tide, results in a lot of tropical moisture.
“We have what’s called a high swell period, which means the water wants to go up and down really slowly, at a very slow level,” said Goldsmith. “And then, the wave heights themselves are already up to ten feet, and that movement is from east to west. And obviously, South Padre Island is in that area where the water’s moving towards.”
So basically, if you’re planning on to head to the beach in the next few days, you may want to consider going when weather conditions improve.