Pat Shingleton Column: "Surfin' with Allison"
The remnants of Allison will spin into the Atlantic this weekend as we recognize another tricky storm. In early June, 2001, Tropical Storm Allison became a real treat for surfers on the Texas coast. As noted in a previous column, Allison's landfall created extraordinary large and well-shaped waves along the upper and middle Texas coast. Offshore winds spun along the coast, meeting swells radiating east across the open gulf. North-northwest winds flattened the tidal surge and sculpted waves that resembled those along the Pacific coast. On June 5, 2001, Galveston, recorded six-foot seas and 12-foot seas at 2:00 P.M. Surfers enjoyed excellent surf inside the Freeport Ship Channel jetties, south of Houston. As word got out, the outbound lanes of Texas Highway 288 were packed with inbound surfers.