Quick synopsis of marine and shoreline conditions through October 28 2008
High Tides and Brisk Winds for Coast
Slow Improvement by Mid Week and Beyond

Strong high pressure building in behind an autumn cool front has quickly pumped up winds along the coast and across the adjacent Gulf waters to 25 knots and gusty during the afternoon of Monday, October 27th, which rapidly built seas above 10 feet, surf above 4 feet, and created a tidal run up to the dune line at high tide. Tidal run up and some overwash will continue into Monday evening as the high tidal cycle continues. Those planning to drive along the beach north of South Padre Beach Access 3 should cancel such plans until conditions improve, most likely in total by Wednesday, October 29th.

What's to Come
The strong high pressure system will gradully push east and south through Wednesday. While surface winds will gradually diminish, first on land and then along the water, seas, surf, and swell will take a bit longer to follow, as gusty north winds in the central Gulf through Tuesday maintain a high swell period, and the swell direction from the north northeast will continue to push water toward the dune line again by high tide Tuesday. The continued swell will maintain a high risk of rip currents right through the 28th, but seasoned surfers should get a chance to enjoy cleaner sets. Seas will gradually subside, and likely drop below 5 feet by Wednesday as swell period fades. Click here for rip current safety.

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