Monday, August 29, 2005
ONE OF our greatest and most unique cities is under attack. God bless New Orleans.
We haven't reached September yet, but the names of storms and hurricanes are already up to the letter K. Global warming continues, and rising ocean temperatures cause more hurricanes and changing weather patterns.
"In New Orleans, which is perilously below sea level and already surrounded on three sides by water, a swell inundated a levee and spilled into an economically devastated area of the eastern side of the city, according to state officials.
"The storm also ripped off a chunk of the roof of the New Orleans Superdome, where as many as 10,000 people had taken shelter. "Right now the Superdome is not in any serious danger," Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said at a news briefing in Baton Rouge. "We have not heard of any flood waters in the area of the dome, but that could change at any moment as we go on."
"There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.
"Water levels are expected to reach about eight feet, but officials say drinking water may already be contaminated. Lt. Col. Pete Schneider of the Louisiana National Guard said there had been hundred of reports, not yet confirmed, about levees being overtaken or floodwaters reaching over the roofs of houses. He said the soonest and safest time that state officials might be able to survey damage along coastal Louisiana could be Tuesday morning."
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Hurricane frequency cycles up and down over the decades. This is a normal peak period, and global warming is not a factor. Even the New York Times concedes this point.
Posted by: Alan Sullivan at Aug 30, 2005 1:51:24 PM
The New York Times is my favorite newspaper. It's also the Official Record of Conventional Wisdom. We expect it to be behind the times.
Posted by: john massengale at Aug 30, 2005 2:10:56 PM
Except it seems that conventional wisdom believes global warming is the culprit.
Posted by: mariana at Sep 1, 2005 2:58:27 AM
Conventional wisdom here in the US says we can drive our SUVs down to WalMart as long as we want -- all that global warmin' stuff don't mean nothin'. And the Bush administration backs that up, enlisting a political band that finds scientists to argue that global warming is a leftist myth.
It's been announced today that New Orleans may have to be evacuated and abandoned for 3 or 4 months. We'd better find out how much global warming had to do or not do with that. It may the lowest lying city in the US, but it's not the only low lying coastal city. This is a terrible tragedy. God bless New Orleans and its citizens.
Posted by: john massengale at Sep 1, 2005 5:41:45 AM
Actually, one would expect the storm sequence to be up at the letter K, if this old Caribbean doggerel about hurricanes is anything to go by:
June, too soon
July, near by
August, come she must
October, all over
It's where we're in early September, and we have to keep being reminded that hurricane season is far from over, that one has to wonder about long-term effects. It not unlike how, in LA, there was a frequently the Big Heat Wave that would come in September -- now it seems to happen in October at least as often.
The seasons drifting from their solstice/equinox matches -- *that*'s the strange thing happening.
Posted by: Hal O'Brien at Sep 1, 2005 7:08:22 PM