Several hundred people read my blog on Hurricane Ike in the past 24 hours. Clearly there is interest on the impact the storm had in Port Aransas. With that in mind, I am reposting the weather details and including some additional photos that were taken yesterday morning (9/13) about eight hours after the storm came ashore near Galveston.
Earlier this week, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center predicted that Ike would make landfall near Port Aransas on the mid Texas coast. At the expense of the Houston, Galveston and the Port Arthur area, Port Aransas was spared. No rain was recorded and the peak wind gusts were below 30 mph. However, the powerful storm did generate a large flood tide 165 miles from landfall. The peak tide measured at the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas was 5.37 feet above normal (MMSL).
The photo below was taken in the Island Moorings subdivision from the second level of a home on Mustang Blvd. Water levels were over the docks and bulkheads, but well under the elevation of homes.
If you have ever enjoyed a cold one at Shorty's, gone fishing from Fisherman's Wharf or enjoyed sushi at the Pelican Club, than you have been in the area of Port A known as "The Flats." This photo was taken just after the tide had peaked and illustrates why the name is appropriate.
The surge from Ike made changes to area beaches. Sand was deposited over large areas and appears to have increased the elevation of the beach on northern sections of Mustang Island. In the southern section where the beach is narrow, the high surf appears to have eroded the dunes to some extent. Shown in the photo below, exposed roots from dune vegetation. As I recall, prior to Ike the dunes extended seaward and the mile marker and traffic bollards shown were inside the foredune ridge. This will (temporarily) result in wider beaches in this area. Note: Others with far greater knowledge of beach ecology will have much more to offer on the impact of forces such as Hurricane Ike.