Archive for August 2008
So three years ago, right when Katrina was making landfall, what was he doing? This:
Later that same year, as Hurricane Rita was making landfall, McCain was asked about Michael Brown (former FEMA director whose previous experience was running running the Internation Arabian Horse Association):
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As of Saturday afternoon, Gustav is packing 145 mph winds and is expected to instensify further to a category 5 storm. It shouldn’t be able to maintain cat 5 status for that long of a period, but this will definitely still be a major hurricane when it makes landfall. Here’s a good map with the intensity forecast:
The latest satellite picture would be cool looking if, you know, this wasn’t a death machine:
The only thing scarier than this? Zombie Robot Gustave Eiffel, of course.
Update (August 30): This post is getting a lot of hits via Google, so I wanted to drop in a more updated map. Gustav has grown into a large storm, and will impact areas beyond what is indicated by the National Hurricane Center track line. Speaking of which, go to the NHC for the latest updates. The graphic below is the probabilities of a location undergoing tropical storm force winds or greater in the next 5 days. Gustav’s impacts are clear, and on the right side you can see the emergence of Hanna. This is one of the best graphics to use to determine the impact that the storm will have on you (aside from storm surge).
In short, maybe New Orleans or maybe south Texas. The National Hurricane Center lays it out like this:
There is a high pressure system that will possibly interact with Gustav. Some models predict little interaction and steer it towards New Orleans. Still others predict a strong interaction and push Gustav into the western Gulf. Here are the latest model runs:
There is a lot of uncertainty with this storm. What everyone does agree on is that it should intensify into a major hurricane once it hits the open waters of the Gulf.
Oh, and as for Tropical Storm Hanna, the models are currently just a jumbled mess:
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This storm sure spun up in a hurry, going from a Tropical Depression yesterday morning to a 90 mph hurricane today. The forecast track is particularly worrisome, as it has Gustav moving south of Cuba and entering into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. This would likely result in Gustav being a major hurricane when it hits the Gulf.
The 5 day forecast, as of August 26:
The computer model plots are in fairly strong agreement this morning: