Night Photography: Port Isabel and South Padre Island Clouds

Photo Gallery by Chuck Turkington

 

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Windswept clouds forming over South Padre Island, late at night.
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Rain on the horizon of the Laguna Madre Bay in Port Isabel.

In south Texas, wind and cloud are nearly constant along the coast.  A daily flow of southern wind brings gulf moisture from far offshore toward South Padre Island and Port Isabel.  Cloud formation over the island occurs as moisture interacts with warm land.  As summer goes on, the wind subsides a little and warmer gulf waters create tall billowing clouds further offshore.  The regular southern winds brings this building moisture and the sudden heat of land begins to tickle it to grow more and possibly dump some rain.

Chances for rain are slim in Port Isabel, but good for Brownsville to the south and Port Mansfield to the north.  These summer rainclouds have a great tendency to fire off lightning and is easily viewed in the treeless big sky of coastal south Texas.  At times, the view from Port Isabel looking north can show off a tremendous light show and storm clouds can be seen growing rapidly in height.  Some of the best clouds I’ve seen have been in the big skies of coastal south Texas.

 

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Lightning strikes on the horizon of the Laguna Madre Bay, view from Port Isabel.

 

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Lightning from a passing squall, night photography from Port Isabel Texas.