Invest in Nature, not infrastructure for storm abatement

I suppose maybe they didn’t see this study on how a long forgotten seawall helped save homes in New Jersey. The best defense against catastrophic storms: Mother Nature, say Stanford researchers Stanford researchers say that natural habitats such as dunes and reefs are the best protection against storms and rising sea levels along the U.S.…

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Tropical Storm Andrea Tracking

TS Andrea, the first named Atlantic storm of the season continues to organize, but so far has only maximum sustained winds of ~60mph. Florida will get quite a bit of rain in addition to winds. The real issue will be what happens after it crosses the Florida peninsula and re-emerges in the Atlantic. Right now…

Hurricane Isaac tracking

After battling the “dry” tropical air along its route from Haiti, Cuba, Florida, to Louisiana, Isaac has finally become a hurricane with the required 64+ knots 1-minute sustained near-surface winds.  Numerical models finally expressed some certainty on a Louisiana coastal landfall, but diverged significantly on intensity.  There is also some question about the ability of…

One benefit of the midwest drought

From Texas A&M University Good news from the bad drought: Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ smallest in years, says Texas A&M expert The worst drought to hit the United States in at least 50 years does have one benefit: it has created the smallest “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico in years, says a Texas A&M…

Isaac takes aim – look out New Orleans and Biloxi

The track models have all been pointing to the Gulf coast rather than central Florida, this plot of 10 meter wind velocity through August 31st is from WeatherBell’s newly setup HWRF model website by hurricane expert Dr. Ryan Maue: The brown colors near the eye indicate sustained wind speeds of 100 to 130 knots (115…