A mid to upper level low formed over the Bay of Campeche on the
At the same time, a tropical
wave approached from the east. Convection in the western Caribbean, active since the 9th, expanded
west-northwest. Late that day, a low pressure area formed over the Yucatan peninsula. By the night of
the 17th, convective organization increased in the southern Gulf of Mexico, and the low became a tropical
depression. It moved northwest between the upper low, now to its southwest, and a warm core high to
the northeast. By the 18th, southwest flow from both the upper low to the southwest and the outflow
from Tropical Storm Beatriz in the eastern Pacific kept the cyclone weak. On the 19th, a convective band
tried to wrap around the north and east side of the center. On the northwest edge of the band, a new
circulation formed which quickly became the dominant center, and it was strong enough to be upgraded
to a tropical storm.
It continued its slow march to the west-northwest, making landfall
Padre Island about 40 miles
south of Corpus Christi early on the morning of the 20th. The weakening cyclone moved slowly over the
lower Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas and northeast Mexico. Below is the track of this storm,
provided by the National Hurricane Center.
The storm total rainfall map below was constructed using data from
National Climatic Data Center.
Below are the calendar for Daily Precipitation Maps. Note that
the 24-hour periods end
at 12z that morning.