Friday, 15 May 2015
Gulf Waters RV Resort — Port Aransas, Texas
Temps: Hi 84F (29C) / Lo 72F (22C)
The initial forecast was for the worst of the weather to arrive in the area overnight and into this morning. The front must have stalled somewhere; it was around noon when Corpus Christi started to feel the effects of the storm. The bad weather found us soon after!
The thunderstorms came with booms and lightning, pounding rains, winds … and tornado warnings. We pulled in the slides and hunkered down, keeping an eye on the skies for any signs of a funnel cloud. Several weak tornadoes were spawned from what we heard on the TV, but they took a different course and spared us. We’re grateful for that. The storm was fast — moving along at 30 mph
(48 kph). The speed mitigated any damage sustained rains would have done. An hour later, we were in the clear; no flooding or any other damage at GWRVR.
Just before the storms dump on us, we watch these layers of fast moving clouds
pass over the area. They remind me of the scene in the movie Independence Day
where the alien space ships come through the earth’s atmosphere!
Hunkered down inside the Phaeton, we watch the deluge from the cockpit — our “Florida Room.”
The rains returned after a while, but for all intents and purposes, the storms were out of the area and heading into the Gulf of Mexico. Another hour — and we were in the clear for good, the day wrapping up with a breezy golden sunset.
Five seconds of wind and waves on the big pond on the property.
The high water is from the previous storms, although I’m sure today’s rains did add a bit more.
A sign of good things to come — I hope!
Very little, if any, rain is expected over the weekend! But the winds are supposed to pick up more than they already have. The weather guy said the “wind is our friend; it will dry us out.” That would be a good thing for all those in the Corpus Christi area who are struggling with some pretty serious flooding issues.