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09-16-2004, 11:23 AM


just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...


obstacle course for semi's

09-16-2004, 11:24 AM

Priest Holmes came through here like a bat out of hell...

09-16-2004, 11:24 AM

I could swear I put the car keys here somewhere...

09-16-2004, 11:25 AM

skipper... skipper!

not right now, Gilligan, can't you see i'm busy...

09-16-2004, 11:25 AM

dammit, i had a six-pack here and i'm gonna find it...

09-16-2004, 11:26 AM

excellent view... fixer-upper... low-down payment...

09-16-2004, 11:29 AM

quick, if we can get the road cleared we can still get back to base before our weekend passes expire...

09-16-2004, 11:31 AM

09-16-2004, 11:34 AM
Digital Eye on Ivan

By Cynthia L. Webb
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Thursday, September 16, 2004; 11:24 AM

As Hurricane Ivan tears into the heart of the Southeast today after slamming into Alabama's Gulf Coast early this morning, the Internet is playing a key role in keeping the public informed about the powerful storm.

Government Web sites are providing some of the most up-to-date information on Ivan, but it's the regional and local newspapers from the areas hardest hit by Ivan that are particularly worth visiting.

AL.com, the online home for three Alabama newspapers, has a live blog featuring regular updates on the storm's progress through the state and the resulting damage. From the same site, readers can check the doppler radar in Mobile, the Gulf town that took the brunt of Ivan's wrath when the storm came ashore. WPMI, the NBC affiliate in Mobile, has a live feed of its coverage of the storm, along with a link to a live police scanner from the Mobile Police Department.

The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Miss., said it launched its first-ever blog to cover Ivan. "Bloginator" Don Hammack, author of the paper's "Eye on Ivan" blog, wrote this morning: "Mississippi Power reports about 50,000 customers without power in South Mississippi. There are about another 20,000 customers of Coast Electric in the same situation." Hammack posted some updates from readers too, including this humorous bit: "Trent Roberts, a former Ocean Springs resident now living in Charlotte, N.C., writes: The best line of the night from the national media came from the Coast's own Robin Roberts, who was reporting for CNN from Mobile. This was about 9 p.m. or so: 'Larry King: Robin, are you in any danger? Robin: No ... Yes, Larry, we are, there's a hurricane coming! Hope everyone is safe and sound.'"

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a helpful collection of hurricane-related Web logs and online breaking news updates, including one on utility outages in the New Orleans area and another with updates on traffic and advice on when evacuees can try to return home. Links to Webcams in the French Quarter and other spots complement the text-based coverage of the storm.

The Times-Picayune site provides helpful information tailored to each part of the city, including links to updated alerts for parishes throughout Louisiana. There's a spot on the site for residents to share storm stories, with most of the messages seeking advice on safe evacuation spots and other tips. Unfortunately, ad placement on the site was not very timely, with pictures of million-dollar homes for sale alongside coverage of a storm that's likely to due significant damage to real estate all along the affected coastline.

The Northwest Florida Daily News of Ft. Walton Beach, which usually charges a subscription for its site, is making its coverage available for free as an Ivan-related public service. The beach-side city of Ft. Walton Beach in Florida's Panhandle was among the areas hit by the storm. Though most stories this morning on the home page had not been updated since before the storm hit, the site has some close-up photos showing the damage caused by several tornadoes that touched down yesterday on the neighboring city of Panama City.

The panhandle city of Pensacola was in the storm's path too, and the Pensacola News Journal site has community forums set up for people to post information on the storm. The site's homepage also has helpful links to information on where people can find gas, ice and other supplies and emergency contact information. The News Journal summed up the storm's force with a banner headline reading, "All Night Assault." There's also a link to some photos taken yesterday as the storm approached.

The Panama City News Herald and the Tallahassee Democrat also offer helpful hurricane-related links. The Tallahassee paper links to maps and updated coverage of the storm's impact.

As Ivan heads north into Alabama and Georgia, news organizations nowhere near the ocean are gearing up their storm coverage as well. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's online storm center is a particularly strong resource, with abundant links to weather-related sites.

The Poynter Institute's Al Tompkins yesterday collected a number of helpful links on the storm coverage for his column. One interesting site Tompkins picked out is the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's Hurricane Maker, an interactive Flash tool that lets users see first hand how hurricanes form. His column today also had a great overview description of a storm surge as a primer for reporters. He linked to a USA Today story on storm surges. Tompkins also has a link to monitoring stations for tides throughout the area affected by Ivan.

Storm Data Just a Click Away

The National Hurricane Center is the best online destination for updates on Ivan, as well as the newest hurricane on the horizon -- Jeanne. The satellite images are a must-see.

For the complete weather junkie, the National Buoy Data Center has plenty of information on Ivan. The Birmingham News features a story on Buoy 42040, a weather buoy located 75 miles south of the Alabama Gulf coast. Excerpt: "Sites such as Buoy 42040's become celebrities in severe weather as armchair meteorologists search unfiltered data from coastal monitoring stations, river flood gauges and live Web cams. 'With technology these days, detailed information is at everyone's fingertips,' said Krissy Hurley, a National Weather Service staffer in Birmingham whose temporary rotation to the Texas regional office as duty meteorologist just happened to coincide with Ivan. 'A lot of this stuff is fascinating, and fairly understandable to the average person.'"
The Birmingham News: Storm Watchers Dial Buoy 42040 For Info

For more resources on hurricanes, the Weather World 2010 project of the University of Illinois has an online guide to hurricanes with primers on everything from how to read maps and activities related to studying hurricanes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a special section on its site designed to teach kids about hurricanes. NOAA's site also has a helpful rundown of facts and information of hurricanes. And in Florida, a state unfortunately well-primed to deal with hurricanes, the official state Web site is dominated today with storm information and links. Alabama's state Web site has an Ivan resources page, while Georgia's features a general emergency resources center.

Hurricane Hunters

Reporters weren't the only ones crazy enough to venture into Ivan's path. The Huntsville Times has a story on storm chasers from the University of Alabama-Huntsville's atmospheric science department who journeyed to the Florida panhandle for first-hand observations. "While 200-mile wide Hurricane Ivan spiraled its first ominous clouds over the Gulf Coast Wednesday morning, Justin Walters was fixated on finding a silver-dollar size washer so he could meet the monster and take its temperature. Hobbled by a broken bearing on the wheel of a flatbed trailer carrying a Doppler radar system, Walters and three other researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville balanced fear of driving their sensitive equipment into the storm with equal fear of missing it. The team left Huntsville Tuesday morning with three vehicles packed with more than $500,000 worth of computers, weather equipment and plenty of energy bars to snack on," the article said.
The Huntsville Times: UAH Storm Chasers Brave Coast To Face Monster Ivan

In a telling sign of Ivan's power, even the U.S. Air Force's airborne hurricane watchers were forced to abandon their home base. "On Tuesday, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the military's Hurricane Hunters, evacuated Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and resumed their daredevil flights into Ivan from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida," the Associated Press reported yesterday afternoon. "The squadron's 10 WC-130 airplanes -- 96-foot behemoths weighing 155,000 pounds on takeoff -- are flying round the clock into Ivan to give forecasters at the National Hurricane Center the latest on the intensity and path of the hurricane."
The Associated Press via The Pensacola News Journal: Ivan Chases Hurricane Hunters From Base

The Science of Forecasting

The Associated Press reported today on the role that supercomputers are playing in hurricane forecasting, with a report from a research center in Monterrey, Calif. "Working through complex mathematical equations that describe the atmosphere's behavior across the globe, hundreds of microprocessors perform billions of calculations each second on observations collected by sensors dropped by aircraft and other monitors. The result, after more than an hour of number crunching at the U.S. Navy's Fleet Numerical weather computing center, is just one of the many predictions generated by supercomputers around the world that help frame such life-or-death decisions as whether to order evacuations and where to safely set up shelters," the AP said. "The programs that model the atmosphere and the high-performance computers that do this work have revolutionized weather forecasting, improving our ability to predict the paths of hurricanes and fluctuations in their intensity."
The Associated Press via The Washington Post: Supercomputers Aid Hurricane Forecasting (Registration required)

The Times-Picayune also reported yesterday about advances in meteorology that have helped get a handle on a hurricane's likely track. "Measurements of all sorts -- air pressure, temperatures of shallow and deep ocean currents, temperatures of air and cloud tops, rainfall, wind speeds, even dust from the Sahara Desert -- are being collected by land stations, ocean buoys, weather balloons and a number of sophisticated satellites. They are combined with information from packages of instruments dropped into and around hurricanes by Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane research planes. Each set of data can be plugged into a growing variety of computer models to help forecasters determine when and where a storm will go and what its intensity will be when it gets there."
New Orleans Times-Picayune: Meteorology Makes Strides In Predicting Foul Weather

The New York Times reported this week on how the National Weather Service keeps tabs on big storms. "Never has the need for improved forecasts been greater. Not only are more people in harm's way, on coasts from Asia to Florida, but most experts now agree that after two decades of relative quiescence the Atlantic will have increased hurricane activity for up to several decades. The reason is that the Atlantic Ocean shifted, as of 1995, to a pattern of water temperatures and air circulation that energizes storms. Experts also foresee a slow rise in hurricane intensity and rainfall from global warming," the paper wrote. "While forecasting individual storms remains a vexing challenge, the projections of hurricane paths have improved enough that last year the hurricane center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lengthened its forecasts from three days to five. The change came after two years of testing showed that the five-day forecasts were as accurate as three-day forecasts had been 15 years earlier."
The New York Times: Where Is the Hurricane Going? (Registration required)

Recipe For Disaster

The Washington Post featured an interesting story earlier this week on how hurricanes form. But defining how hurricanes are created is an imperfect science. "Hurricanes are assembled from the usual building blocks of weather -- air, water, heat, wind, differences in pressure and temperature, and the contours of Earth. In the case of these destructive storms, however, the pieces come together in a way that, while not exactly rare, is always somewhat unlikely. The result is a phenomenon that is self-feeding and self-reinforcing. A hurricane's size and power allow it to grow even larger and more powerful. For a while at least, hurricanes defy the universe's natural tendency toward disorder -- its pieces becoming more ordered and less random, its energy concentrated rather than dissipated," the paper said.
The Washington Post: Recipe For A Hurricane Relies On Happenstance (Registration required)

BBC News had its own dispatch on the chemistry of hurricanes. An excerpt: "A hurricane is a large rotating storm centered on an area of very low pressure, with wind speeds in excess of 119km/h (74mph). For a hurricane to form several conditions must be fulfilled: Sea surface temperatures greater than 26C; Rapidly cooling air above; A sufficient spin from the rotating Earth. As the warm sea heats the air above it, a current of warm moist air rises up quickly, creating a centre of low pressure at the surface. Trade winds rush in towards the low pressure area and inward spiralling winds whirl upwards releasing heat and moisture. The rotation of the Earth causes the column to twist around the eye which remains calm and free from clouds."
BBC News: The Science of Hurricanes

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09-16-2004, 11:35 AM

high octane or regular?

09-16-2004, 11:40 AM

talk about air conditioning!

09-16-2004, 11:42 AM


dude.. where's my car?

09-16-2004, 11:43 AM

wow, dad! this is the greatest vacation ever!

09-16-2004, 11:43 AM

yes, son, it sure is...

09-16-2004, 11:44 AM

dammit, where did i bury my life savings?

09-16-2004, 11:45 AM

flooded tobacco fields

09-16-2004, 11:46 AM


09-16-2004, 11:47 AM

quite an eye-full...

09-16-2004, 11:48 AM
You can see lots more photos by going here:


Rain Man
09-16-2004, 12:48 PM

I'm feeling a high-pressure system coming on.

09-16-2004, 01:11 PM

yes, son, it sure is...
Is everything in the gulf coast as ugly as that.... water?

Very brown... :Lin:

09-16-2004, 01:11 PM

quite an eye-full...
I've been looking for this photo for a couple of days... thanks!

09-16-2004, 02:54 PM
I've been looking for this photo for a couple of days... thanks!

No problemo! ;)

09-16-2004, 02:59 PM
and Hurricane Jean is right behind...


- don't know if it's a hurricane yet, or just a tropical storm

09-16-2004, 03:03 PM
And the latest on Ivan