We all remember Hurricane Patricia (pictured above). Hurricane Patricia was a tropical cyclone that formed in the eastern Pacific and rapidly intensified into a Category 5 hurricane on October 23, 2015. It was the most powerful hurricane in recorded history, and it caused significant flooding in the Rio Grande Valley as well as much of east Texas. Well, another storm is brewing up in the Pacific near Mexico and will affect the holiday weekend weather.
Tropical Storm Sandra is strengthening several hundred miles west of Mexico in the Pacific, but its projected path will affect our weather with the threat of heavy rain, even some local flooding. According to the National Hurricane Center, Sandra will strengthen into a Category 2 storm before turning northeast toward the southern tip of Baja California.
By Saturday morning, Sandra and her huge plume of tropical moisture will be breaking apart over west Central Mexico heading for Texas. By late Saturday, according to very preliminary projections, the core of the moisture will pass into Texas near Del Rio. PLEASE NOTE: The path could change, meaning different parts of Texas could receive the heaviest rain.
WEEKEND FORECAST: Knowing this, the RGV should prepare for the threat of heavy rainfall on Saturday and Sunday as that tropical moisture comes in. Will the flooding be as bad as Hurricane Patricia? At this point, no. But, the path could change, and if Sandra heads more directly toward the RGV, we need to prepare for serious flooding.