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March 2017



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Find out where to give blood here.

If you are in the US, and the Red Cross does not serve your area, you can find a donation site here.

To read Red Cross disaster news and make relief donations, here.

902 millibars, winds of 184 mph. Still strengthening. According to Weather Underground (www.wunderground.com), it's expected to make landfall an hour before high tide, and if I'm understanding all this information properly, there's a "loop" of warm water (~90 degrees F) in the central Gulf that's strengthening the storm.


FYI, the first link in the post is messed up, I think.
Thanks. It looks like the https link confused semagic.
Yeah, if you look at WUnderground's tropical storm map here it shows storm positions and sea surface temps... Katrina is about to move over some 90°F water, which means eyewall replacement cycles probably won't have any dampening effect on a category 5 hurricane sitting on a huge pile of "fuel".

At this point (16:46 EST Sun) the first bands of rain are coming in over New Orleans.

God save the Big Easy — there's not much elese out there that can.
902 millibars

Christ! That's stronger than Camille!
I've been thinking all day about Psalm 107:

They that go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business in great waters; these men see the works of the Lord: and his wonders in the deep.

For at his word the stormy wind ariseth,
which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They are carried up to the heaven
and down again to the deep.

Their soul melteth away
because of the trouble.
New Orleans is one of the cities of my soul, along with Paris and Siena. I feel as though I'm sitting shiva ahead of the fact.

And Springsteen's "My City of Ruins" is running through my head --

...There is a blood red circle
On the cold dark ground
And the rain is falling down
The church door's thrown open
I can hear the organ's song
But the congregation's gone
My city of ruins
My city of ruins

Now the sweet bells of mercy
Drift through the evening trees
Young men on the corner
Like scattered leaves,
The boarded up windows,
The empty streets
While my brother's down on his knees
My city of ruins
My city of ruins...

The waiting is damned hard, isn't it?
Thanks for the reminder about giving blood.

Apropos the song: I actually heard Smither playing Crocodile Man for the first time at Falcon Ridge a couple years back. It was right after Dave Carter died, and the crowd was silent after he finished, it was so good.