FRI – 07/12/19
Good Friday, it is totally flat and hot again today. The surf is likely going to be flat through the day and into tomorrow, after that it is a tough call and I hope I am wrong, but unless the storm gets more organized before landfall, the wind for some good ol’ storm swell is short. Latest reconnaissance aircraft data indicates that Barry is steadily strengthening now. Latest central pressure is now down to 995 millibars with 65-70 mph surface winds being found. In addition, data from the reconnaissance flight and satellite loops indicate that the center of Barry seems to be tightening up with very deep thunderstorm activity now firing very near the center. What all of this means is that Barry could become a hurricane as soon as late this afternoon or early this evening with strengthening possibly continuing into tonight before it makes landfall during the first half of the day on Saturday. So, Barry will be a hurricane when it comes ashore along the Louisiana coast somewhere between New Iberia and Morgan City around midday Saturday. As far as swell goes, it is not looking like we will get much of a swell from Barry, unless, it organizes more and the outward pulse to the West starts to intensify, so then by late tomorrow into Sunday we could see some surf, just not surf exactly how much and exactly when, this is one we will have to watch!!
Hear my surf report and forecast on the top of the hour on Radio Galveston, listen here: Radio Galveston Live