The eye of Tropical Storm Nicholas was located directly over Winnie at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday as it slowly meandered along the Texas Gulf Coast. The storm went in very late Monday night between Freeport and Galveston as it defiantly did the opposite of what it was predicted to do.
Meteorologists had said that Nicholas wouldn’t be a wind event, but instead would be a big rainmaker. That’s not what happened.
Strengthening throughout the day on Monday, the storm actually came in as a minimal category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour recorded by Hurricane Hunter aircraft just prior to landfall.
As for the rain, other than heavy showers from Freeport to the Golden Triangle, the rest of the region experienced only light intermittent showers through mid-day on Tuesday, and the rain then picked up intensity over Jasper late Tuesday afternoon.
This area was predicted to receive anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of rainfall, but as of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday we had recorded just over a half-inch here at KJAS.
As of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nicholas was still a tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, and the center of circulation was aiming for the golden triangle.