At 7AM CDT on Tuesday, September 22nd, the center of Tropical Storm Beta was located at 28.8.N 96.8 W or 116 miles SW of JSCs moving NW at 3 MPH. Maximum sustained winds were 40 MPH. Max winds are likely occurring over Gulf waters. Beta is forecast to stall this morning and slowly turn to a northeast motion.
The big story is flooding and rainfall. Since midnight at JSC 1.68″ has fallen. Combined with 3.87″ yesterday the two day total is 5.55 inches. At NASA Ellington Field 2.27″ has fallen today and 3.93″ yesterday. Anothe4 4 to 6 inches of rain is possible today through tomorrow morning. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 7AM Wednesday. Water levels from surge in Clear Lake are slowing down the ability to remove the higher rains that fell on Clear Creek. Water levels in Clear Lake are about 1/2 foot higher than yesterday morning. High tide has peaked in Clear Lake with low tide at 7:45PM today which will help remove some water.