The remnants of Hurricane Patricia are increasing wind shear over the Rio Grande Valley, Deep South Texas, and most of the Texas coast up into Southeast Texas this afternoon. A brief tornado has already been confirmed from earlier this morning in Pearland, TX where it did minor damage. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a category 2 risk of severe weather for the risk of spin up tornadoes. The threat seems to be increasing this afternoon and in all likelihood will continue to be a concern into tonight. With a tropical airmass in place along with strong low level wind shear these type of spin up tornadoes are not all that unusual. Typically they are weak and short-lived. They also tend to spin up quickly and thus don’t allow much time to take shelter if a warning is issued or a tornado visually spotted. With an increasing tornado threat this afternoon the Storm Prediction Center has indicated a watch may be required.
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A weather weenie since early childhood, David began storm chasing in his junior year of high school in 2008. He’s been hooked ever since! His vision helped Texas Storm Chasers become the social media powerhouse and information hub TSC followers have come to expect during high-impact events. While he moved to Oklahoma in 2013 with his better half [Paige] he remains passionate about Texas weather and continues storm chasing to this day across the United States.