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Pat Shingleton Column: "Surfin' with Allison"

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago June 09, 2013 Jun 9, 2013 Sunday, June 09 2013 June 09, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

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.

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