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Sunday 25 September 2005

Rita deminishes

Posted by kim @ 7:00am

More news from News.com.au:

This morning:
6:55am Bush follows Rita to Texas US President George W. Bush, hoping to polish his tarnished reputation as a strong leader in a crisis, monitored Hurricane Rita overnight and said he was pleased with the government's response.
6:15am Rita no longer a hurricane RITA is no longer a hurricane but is expected to produce "torrential rains during the next few days," the National Hurricane Centre said overnight.
6:05am Rita cuts power to 1.14 million homes 1.14 million customers are without electricity in three states after Hurricane Rita barrelled into the southern US coast.
5:30am Oil industry escapes Rita's worst THE US oil industry, still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, appears to have escaped the worst of the damage that was feared from the furious winds and rain of Hurricane Rita.
5:20am Staggered return plans for evacuees TEXAS governor Rick Perry has warned nearly 3 million Texans who fled Hurricane Rita not to head back home immediately as the state scrambles to avoid the traffic nightmare that marked the evacuation.
5:00am Hurricane spares life: officials THERE have been no reports of deaths from Hurricane Rita's strike on the US Gulf Coast and damage from the storm is less than feared, a federal officials said overnight.
4:45am Rita wreaks havoc on oil town HURRICANE Rita cut a path of destruction through the major oil refinery and chemical processing town of Port Arthur overnight, downing trees and ripping off roofs as it smashed into the US Gulf Coast.
4:36am Rita slams into Gulf Coast HURRICANE Rita slammed into evacuated towns and oil refineries in the swamplands of the Texas-Louisiana border overnight, stripping roofs off buildings, cutting power to more than a million homes and flooding New Orleans once again.

Yesterday:
5:10pm Rita slams into land HURRICANE Rita hurled its full fury at Texas and Louisiana today, as the storm's potent eyewall ripped ashore, lashing coastlines with a terrifying barrage of near 200km/h winds and walls of driving rain.
2:49pm Embattled Bush in public Rita role US President George W. Bush, seeking to polish his tarnished image as a strong leader in times of crisis, vowed today to keep a close eye on Hurricane Rita but stay out of the way of response efforts.
2:38pm Floodwaters surge into New Orleans FLOODWATERS poured into New Orleans again today as Hurricane Rita inundated several square kilometres of the still-devastated city but officials said they expected few deaths since the affected neighbourhoods were largely deserted.
2:28pm Texas awaits Rita catastrophe TEXAS officials warned of catastrophe and an already devastated New Orleans suffered renewed flooding as weakened levees gave way today and the edges of Hurricane Rita began pummelling the US Gulf Coast.
1:48pm Rita eye 'few hours' from landfall THE eye of Hurricane Rita, swirling with winds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour and a forecast storm surge of 4.5 metres, was "just a few hours" from landfall, the US National Hurricane Centre said in its latest advisory.
10:20am Fears see major refinery shut downUS troops have airlifted thousands of people out of Port Arthur, and emergency officials readied to head to relative safety amid fears the Texas petroleum refining centre known as "Energy City" could take a direct hit from Hurricane Rita.
9:50am Coast braces for Rita's arrival HURRICANE Rita roared toward the US coast with 205 kilometre an hour winds, having inflicted renewed flooding on storm-stricken New Orleans.

As much as I love storms, and find them absolutely fascinating, I would not want to live through something like this - I'm quite happy watching from the other side of the world thank-you-very-much. It would be absolutely terrifying, in the barest sense of the word.

Saturday 24 September 2005

Katrina and Rita

Posted by kim @ 4:33pm

I found some really good shots and info on NASA's weather/hurrican-tracking site. Here are the best bits, in chronological order so you can see the progress:

Quikscat Image of Katrina

Tropical Storm Katrina is shown here as observed by NASA's QuikSCAT satellite on August 25, 2005, at 08:37 UTC (4:37 a.m. in Florida). At this time, the storm had 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour; 43 knots) sustained winds. The storm does not appear to yet have reached hurricane strength.

The greater danger may be not with her winds, but with Katrina's rains. The storm is moving slowly, just 13 km/hr (8 mph), and is expected to slow as it moves over land. This means that Katrina's heavy rains will linger longer over one area, dumping 15-25 centimeters (6-10 inches) of rain over Florida and the Bahamas and possibly up to 38 cm (15 inches) in some regions, the National Hurricane Center warns.

25 August 2005

Hurricane Katrina had just become a category 1 hurricane when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image on August 25, 2005, at 12:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time. The hurricane formed as a tropical depression late on August 23 and developed quickly into a tropical storm by 11 a.m. the next morning. By the time MODIS acquired this image, the storm continued to develop into a category 1 hurricane, the lowest strength category in the hurricane strength scale. Katrina had winds of 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour).

26 August 2005

Hurricane Katrina left much destruction in her wake in South Florida killing as many as nine persons and causing upwards of $600 million dollars in estimated damage. And she was only a Category 1 when she struck South Florida. Gaining strength as she blows across the warm Gulf of Mexico Katrina is currently a Category 3 and experts are warning that by the time she reaches land on Monday, she may be a full blown Category Four storm. At 8 a.m. Saturday, the eye of the hurricane was located about 180 miles west of Key West or about 430 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It was moving west at nearly 7 mph.

27 August 2005

Hurricane Katrina strengthened into a powerful Category Five hurricane overnight with sustained winds of 160 mph. The National Hurricane Center put out a special advisory on the hurricane's gain in strength just before 8 a.m. EDT. The boost came just hours after Katrina reached Category 4, with wind of 145 mph, as it gathered energy from the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a Category Five hurricane causes storm surges generally greater than 18 ft above normal, complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. All shrubs, trees, and signs are blown down. Severe and extensive window and door damage can occur. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 ft above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline occurs and massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles (8-16 km) of the shoreline may be required. This is especially essential in the New Orleans area where most of the city lies below sea level and exists with the help of levees and pumps. To date, only 3 Category Five Hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since records began.

28 August 2005

Hurricane Katrina turned slightly eastward before slamming into shore redirecting the storm's most potent winds and rain away from the vulnerable, low lying New Orleans area. Katrina weakened slightly overnight to a Category 4 storm and her eastward movement put the western eyewall - the weaker side of the strongest winds - over New Orleans. This doesn't mean New Orleans has been spared her wrath completely, the city is still getting hit with 145 mph winds today and the possibility of a 20 foot storm surge.

Katrina, which cut across Florida last week leaving nine dead and massive damage, had intensified into a Category 5 storm over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, reaching top winds of 175 mph before weakening as it neared the coast.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the north-central Gulf Coast from Morgan City, La., to the Alabama-Florida line. Tornado warnings were posted for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

And if you need any more stats, check out Wikipedia.

Here are a few pics of Rita as well:

Rita is the big one in the Gulf. The other red spots are Tropical Rain Depressions.

Here is the Wikipedia link for Rita.


Weather

Posted by kim @ 7:18am

I was going to put the latest news on Hurricane Rita in here but have just noticed, much to my dismay that I haven't put any up about Katrina, and we're upto Rita now ... sigh.

So here is the latest news about Hurricane Rita in the Gulf of Mexico, and I'll have to try to find some on Hurricane Katrina, which hit the same area about 3 weeks ago and left New Orleans under water:

Front page story: 3 million people in traffic jam

Today's Breaking News:
7:15am Rita weaker but still on course HURRICANE Rita lost power overnight but stayed on course for a major hit on the southern United States.
6:45am 24 killed as they flee Rita TWENTY-four elderly residents of a Houston nursing home died overnight when oxygen cylinders exploded aboard a bus ferrying them away from Hurricane Rita, police said.
5:50am Flooding ensures after levee breaks FLOODWATERS breached another side of a levee protecting New Orleans overnight, dumping more water into the city still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, witnesses said.
4:55am Rita weakens, but still dangerous HURRICANE Rita, menacing the US Gulf Coast, weakened Friday and was downgraded to a Category 3 storm on the five level Saffir-Simpson scale, the National Hurricane Centre said.
4:45am Bush heading to command centre PRESIDENT George W. Bush was to head to Colorado overnight to monitor operations to respond to powerful Hurricane Rita, as it closed in on the Texas-Louisiana coast.
12:40am Bus fire kills 24 Rita evacuees A BUS carrying elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees from the Houston area burst into flames outside Dallas before dawn today, killing at least 24 people trapped inside, officials said.

Yesterday morning's Breaking News:
2:13pm Rita evacuees hunt for shelter JAVIER Morales, a 31-year-old mechanic fleeing Hurricane Rita, drove 12 hours from Houston to San Antonio overnight only to find overcrowded emergency shelters with barely livable conditions.
8:55am Evacuees seek haven from storm
6:33am Rita upgraded to Category Five
4:48am Rita threatens Texas refineries
4:37am Obey hurricane evacuation: Bush
4:19am Mayor calls for Rita evacuations

Other articles I found:
23 September Katrina toll rises to 1066AUTHORITIES have recovered the bodies of 33 more Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana, bringing to 1066 the number killed in the storm.
23 September Bush to see Rita perparationsUS President George W. Bush, criticised for a slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina, will visit Texas tomorrow to get a first-hand look at emergency preparations for Hurricane Rita.
23 September Rita downgraded to category fourHURRICANE Rita has been downgraded to a category four storm, the US National Hurricane Centre said today.
23 September Millions flee as Rita approachesMONSTROUS Hurricane Rita, one of the most savage storms ever recorded, sent more than a million people fleeing, put a bulls-eye on vital oil installations and cast fear far and wide as it ripped towards the southern US today.
23 September US prepares 'for worst' with RitaPRESIDENT George W. Bush said authorities are "preparing for the worst" as powerful Hurricane Rita heads toward the US coast.
23 September Millitary teams deployed in TexasTHE US military dispatched helicopters and communications teams to Texas today amid intensifying disaster preparations as powerful Hurricane Rita advanced across the Gulf of Mexico, Pentagon officials said.
23 September Rita losing steamHURRICANE Rita lost some steam today but is still bearing down on the US coast with "extremely dangerous" force, the US National Hurricane Centre said.
23 September White House urges Rita evacuationsLOUISIANA Governor Kathleen Blanco is urging coastal residents to flee north as monstrous Hurricane Rita barrels across the Gulf of Mexico.
22 September Bush delares state of emergencyPRESIDENT George W. Bush today ordered a state of emergency in Texas and Louisiana as they brace for the arrival of Hurricane Rita, the White House said.
22 September Rita upgraded to Category FiveHURRICANE Rita today became a top level category five storm packing winds of about 265km/h, the US National Hurricane Centre said.
22 September Storm forces NASA handoverNASA'S Johnson Space Centre in Houston is to close today due to the threat posed by Hurricane Rita and control of the International Space Station will be handed to Russia, the US agency said.
22 September Rita threatens Texas refineriesHURRICANE Rita could threaten up to 18 Texas oil refineries that have a combined capacity of four million barrels per day or 23 per cent of the nation's total refining capacity, the US Energy Information Administration said today.
22 September Obey hurricane evacuation: BushUS President George W. Bush has urged people in the path of powerful Hurricane Rita to heed local authorities' evacuation orders.
22 September Katrina death toll tops 1000THE death toll from Hurricane Katrina rose above 1000 today when 63 more bodies were recovered in Louisiana, authorities said.

Hmm .. that's quite a few articles. I think I'll stop now :P Pity there aren't many photos ..

Monday 5 September 2005

The best site after a bad day

Posted by kim @ 8:08pm

Check this site out! If you've ever had a bad day at work, when your boss just won't leave you alone, you will love this site: http://www.whackyourboss.com

Come on, you know you want to :D

Sunday 4 September 2005

Mountains of articles

Posted by kim @ 7:32am

4 August California beach boasts world's pickiest females
9 August Madagascar reveals two new species of lemur
11 August Climate warning as Siberia melts
17 August Elephants and lions unleashed on North America?
18 August New blood pulls Florida panthers back from brink
19 August Supernova shock wave creates halo effect
25 August Indian Ocean tsunami's puzzling waves explained
25 August Millions of bacterial species revealed underfoot
26 August Power lines may provide a haven for bees
27 August Crop revival for Aceh after the Tsunami
30 August Most scientific papers are probably wrong
30 August Giant water plume spews from Saturn's moon
31 August Parasites brainwash grasshoppers into death dive
31 August The chimpanzee genome is unveiled
3 September Chinese fungus fad poses eco-threat <- and how is this different from any other 'chinese remedy' that involves endangered wildlife?



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