Recent heavy rains have packed the sand on the beach making driving conditions very good even past 3 Mile Lake. 2wd vehicles can easily drive on the beach for the next few days. The seaweed is finally starting to decrease and the beach looks great. If weather holds out, it should be a great weekend on the beach.

Beach driving conditions have been rough due to high tides. The county is working on the top of the beach so most vehicles should be able to make it onto the beach Saturday Morning. There is a forecast for strong rip currents through Saturday. Please be especially careful when in the water and do not swim anywhere near the jetties.

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
1028 AM CDT FRI MAY 26 2017

…POTENTIAL FOR STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ELEVATED TIDES THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT…

.A MODERATE ONSHORE FLOW WILL PRODUCE STRONG RIP CURRENTS ALONG AREA BEACHES TODAY
AND AGAIN SATURDAY. THE ROUGH SURF AND POTENTIAL RIP CURRENTS WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS
SWIMMING CONDITIONS THROUGH SATURDAY. SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD AND AWAY FROM STRUCTURES
SUCH AS JETTIES AND PIERS. THE STRONG ONSHORE WIND HAS ALSO PRODUCED ELEVATED TIDES
AND MINOR COASTAL FLOODING COULD BE POSSIBLE AT HIGH TIDE NEAR THE HIGHWAY 87 AND 124
INTERSECTION EARLY SATURDAY AND POSSIBLY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

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/O.NEW.KHGX.BH.S.0005.170526T1528Z-170528T0300Z/
BRAZORIA-CHAMBERS-GALVESTON-MATAGORDA-
1028 AM CDT FRI MAY 26 2017

…BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A
BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR RIP CURRENTS AND ELEVATED TIDES, WHICH IS IN
EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

* HAZARDS…STRONG RIP CURRENTS, ELEVATED TIDES AND ROUGH SURF.

* TIMING…THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

* LOCATION…UPPER TEXAS COASTLINE.

* POTENTIAL IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS AT AREA BEACHES AND MINOR
COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE BOLIVAR PENINSULA AT HIGH TIDE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS ISSUED WHEN THREATS SUCH AS RIP
CURRENTS…LONGSHORE CURRENTS…SNEAKER WAVES AND OTHER HAZARDS
CREATE LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE. CAUTION
SHOULD BE USED WHEN IN OR NEAR THE WATER.

Beach driving conditions are very good at the top of beach in the mornings while the tide is low. The beach entrance has been graded so most vehicles can get onto the packed sand. High tides in the afternoon will make driving conditions harder in the afternoon.

There are some Portuguese man o’ wars washing up on the beach but not in large numbers. Waves are running 4-5ft this morning predicted to calm down to 3 by late Saturday afternoon. Beware of strong rip currents on Matagorda Beach when the waves are 4ft+.

3-9-2017 Beach Conditions

Beach driving conditions are awesome this morning and the waves are about 1-2ft but expected to build to 3ft. County workers are grading and prepping the beach entrance for spring break so you should be able to drive onto the beach in a 2wd vehicle on Saturday. Heavy traffic this weekend will likely tear up the entrance by Saturday evening but there will be plenty of fellow spring breakers in 4wd willing to help you out if you get stuck. Β We are predicted to have some rain this weekend so this should help out the driving conditions. The full moon will bring high tides on the beach in the late afternoon and evening so check the tide forecast before you go.

Don’t fear the weather forecast – Often it is raining inshore but sunny and beautiful on Matagorda Beach and over the bay.

There are plenty of events happening in Matagorda this weekend. Seafood Fest is in town at Fireman’s Hall from 11-5pm. There will be vendors, great seafood, bands and a lot of fun. Stop by and check it out. Sunset Yoga will happen on March 13 from 6:30-7:30pm at Jetty Park. Many of our restaurants, shops and bars are having bands and specials this week. Check out the Matagorda Chamber of Commerce Website for more info on where to eat, stay, play and shop in Matagorda.

 

The weather has been awesome in Matagorda this month and it looks as though spring is here early. Light winds have given us many days of calm water off the beach which has been great for paddleboarding. Water temps are in the upper 60s and much warmer than usual for this time of year.

Beach driving conditions are bad right now. Even with some recent heavy rain, the sand is light and soft and even some 4wd vehicles are having trouble getting past 3 mile. The beach entrance was graded this week, so you should at least be able to drive onto the beach and make it to the packed sand.

Bacteria levels reached medium levels at Jetty Park this week:

Matagorda County Jetty Park

StationID: MAT003 – Jetty Park #1
Current Bacteria Level: Medium
Last Collection Date: 02/21/2017
Last Collection Time: 09:05 AM

StationID: MAT004 – Jetty Park #2
Current Bacteria Level: Medium
Last Collection Date: 02/21/2017
Last Collection Time: 09:08 AM

StationID: MAT005 – Jetty Park #3
Current Bacteria Level: Medium
Last Collection Date: 02/21/2017
Last Collection Time: 09:11 AM

StationID: MAT006 – Jetty Park #4
Current Bacteria Level: Low
Last Collection Date: 02/21/2017
Last Collection Time: 09:14 AM

Driving conditions are still very good due to recent rains. The top of the beach from Jetty Park to 3 Mile Lake is relatively clean since the Beach Cleanup was last weekend. The surf is currently calm and flat with clear green water on the beach. The Bull Reds are in the surf so grab your rod and get to Matagorda!

Beach driving conditions are good due to recent rains and tides.Β Tides are running high so further down beach the driving is more difficult. The water has been mostly calm and clearing up recently but currents are swift at the cuts. Don’t swim near these areas. The bull reds are running on the beach, fishing is good everywhere and the crowds are getting smaller. Its a great time to visit Matagorda.

Blue water is starting to push back toward the beach, it is just outside the surf zone this morning. Driving conditions are also improving as the tides drop back to normal and fresh water inflows decrease. The current is currently moving west to east which is opposite of the normal flow. Currents are still strong and dangerous in some areas. There have been 3 drownings on the beach this week, all in and close to Jetty Park. Do not swim near the piers!!! The undertows and rips in this area are very strong.

3 of the 4 sensors on Jetty Park are now reading medium bacteria levels. There are cabbage head jellies coming ashore on the beach and there are lots of crabs at the waters edge at night.

Driving conditions are tough on the beach right now. Tides have been running high with little tidal movement so there is only soft sand to drive on and there is a lot of debris on the back beach. 4×4 vehicles have no problem getting through but we rescued a couple of stuck 2wd vehicles yesterday at Jetty Park and the top of the beach and watched many others being rescued. If you don’t have a 4×4 now is not a good time to try and drive on the beach. Tides are starting to fall so driving conditions should improve soon.

The water on the beach is stained Β right now due to runoff from the Brazos river. The beach conditions have been calm most of this week, but waves will build to 3ft today and maintain that level for a few days. 2 of the 4 sensors at Jetty Park are showing medium bacteria levels. The other 2 are reporting low. As fresh water inflows from the Brazos slow down, water conditions will improve and we should see clear green water on the beach again.