Landspout strikes between Port Isabel and Brownsville Shrimp Basin, August 12 2010
Photograph of Landspout several miles east of the Brownsville Shrimp Basin, a little after noon on August 12, 2010.

Landspout, Ho!
Weak Convergence along Sea Breeze Aids Formation

The development of the late morning and early afternoon Lower Texas Gulf Coast sea breeze helped percolate showers just after noon on August 12th 2010 near the Cameron County coast toward Port Isabel. Sometime between noon and 1215 pm CST, a landspout developed approximately 5 miles southwest of Port Isabel, across open sand flats. No damage was reported; however, there were numerous eyewitnesses, since the event occurred along well traveled State Highway 48 between Port Isabel and the Brownsville Shrimp Basin during the middle of a summer day.

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