At 10 PM CDT on Monday, September 21st, The center of Tropical Storm Beta was located at 28.4 N 96.3 W or 108 miles SW of JSC moving NW at 3 MPH. Maximum sustained winds were 45 MPH. Beta will make landfall any moment now. A slow turn to the northeast should occur Tuesday and Beta will move along or just offshore the coast.
As of 9:55 PM 3.77 inches of rain had fallen at JSC Building 30 since midnight. At NASA Ellington Field 9.76 inches had fallen. A persistent band of heavy rains has moved through the area this evening with the heaviest rainfall only 3 to 5 miles west of JSC where 7.31″ has occurred in Friendswood, Harris County. For example This rainfall has fallen over the Clear Creek basin and will flow into Clear Lake tonight. High tide in Clear Lake is at 5:43 AM so water levels in Clear Lake tonight are likely to rise a bit higher than they did this morning. The rain band has gradually gotten smaller in size this evening and there are signs it is shifting northward so a break is likely in a few hours. As the center creeps northeast tomorrow another band may set up by mid to late morning near JSC.
Tropical Weather Info from National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov Hurricane Statement from NWS Houston/Galveston: