Storm Events Database
|Begin Date||03/18/2008 15:05:00 CST-6|
|End Date||03/18/2008 19:05:00 CST-6|
|Deaths Direct/Indirect||0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)|
|Episode Narrative||A vigorous upper level cyclone moving northeast from northern Mexico through the heart of Texas on the 17th and 18th induced an equally strong surface cyclone over the middle Rio Grande Valley of southwest Texas and extreme northern Mexico. This cyclone moved slowly east through the Lower Rio Grande Valley, producing persistent strong gusty southeast winds during the mornings of the 17th and 18th across the populated portions of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, causing power outages and minor damage in a few areas.
The trough eventually eased across all of Deep South Texas during the afternoon and evening of the 18th, but was followed by surges of very strong west to northwest winds on several occasions, beginning during the mid afternoon and continuing a little past sunset. The post-trough winds produced additional structural damage, particularly in Hidalgo County.
|Event Narrative||A surge of sustained winds near 40 mph with estimated gusts perhaps near 60 mph likely carried into western Brooks County on a few occasions from mid afternoon through early evening. Data were extrapolated for southwestern portions of the county between 3 and 4 PM CST based on observations near McAllen and the onset of an explosively developing wild fire at the Burns Ranch.
Data were extrapolated for northwestern portions of the county based on measured wind gusts over 50 mph, with estimated gusts to 61 mph, along with damage to trees, in northeastern Jim Hogg County during the early evening.
All events for this episode:
|HIDALGO (ZONE)||HIDALGO (ZONE)||TX||03/17/2008||09:00||CST-6||Strong Wind||42 kts. MG||0||0||2.00K||0.00K|
|COASTAL WILLACY (ZONE)||COASTAL WILLACY (ZONE)||TX||03/17/2008||11:00||CST-6||Strong Wind||41 kts. EG||0||0||0.50K||0.00K|
|COASTAL CAMERON (ZONE)||COASTAL CAMERON (ZONE)||TX||03/17/2008||11:00||CST-6||Strong Wind||41 kts. MG||0||0||0.50K||0.00K|
|CAMERON (ZONE)||CAMERON (ZONE)||TX||03/17/2008||11:52||CST-6||High Wind||35 kts. MS||0||0||0.00K||0.00K|
|WILLACY (ZONE)||WILLACY (ZONE)||TX||03/17/2008||11:52||CST-6||High Wind||35 kts. ES||0||0||1.00K||0.00K|
|COASTAL CAMERON (ZONE)||COASTAL CAMERON (ZONE)||TX||03/17/2008||16:00||CST-6||High Surf||0||0||0.00K||0.00K|
|COASTAL WILLACY (ZONE)||COASTAL WILLACY (ZONE)||TX||03/17/2008||16:00||CST-6||High Surf||0||0||0.00K||0.00K|
|WILLACY (ZONE)||WILLACY (ZONE)||TX||03/18/2008||09:00||CST-6||High Wind||35 kts. ES||0||0||0.50K||0.00K|
|CAMERON (ZONE)||CAMERON (ZONE)||TX||03/18/2008||09:00||CST-6||High Wind||37 kts. MS||0||0||1.50K||0.00K|
|STARR (ZONE)||STARR (ZONE)||TX||03/18/2008||14:30||CST-6||High Wind||35 kts. ES||0||0||0.00K||0.00K|
|HIDALGO (ZONE)||HIDALGO (ZONE)||TX||03/18/2008||14:53||CST-6||High Wind||35 kts. ES||0||2||10.00K||0.00K|
|BROOKS (ZONE)||BROOKS (ZONE)||TX||03/18/2008||15:05||CST-6||High Wind||35 kts. ES||0||0||0.00K||0.00K|
|JIM HOGG (ZONE)||JIM HOGG (ZONE)||TX||03/18/2008||17:05||CST-6||High Wind||53 kts. EG||0||0||1.00K||0.00K|
|ZAPATA (ZONE)||ZAPATA (ZONE)||TX||03/18/2008||17:05||CST-6||High Wind||50 kts. EG||0||0||2.00K||0.00K|