Isaac is now well inland over Louisiana but it is still causing significant problems for the areas that have dealt with its rain, wind and storm surge over the last few days. There have also been tornadic storms accompanying some of the rain bands as well. It will take a few more days for the remnants of Isaac to finally clear the pattern and it will likely do so by dumping a lot more rain over a wide swath of the eastern U.S. In fact, interests along the entire cone of Isaac’s forecast track need to be on alert for rapidly changing weather conditions over the coming holiday weekend. This is especially true in the mountainous areas that Isaac’s moisture will pass over as it heads east and even south of east.
Elsewhere we have hurricane Kirk and TS Leslie to keep us busy over the coming days. Kirk is of no threat to land areas right now and Leslie will probably turn north within 10 degrees of 60 W longitude, but you never know this time of year.
The next 30 days are the most active of the hurricane season climatologically speaking. This season has proven to be quite a bit more active than earlier thought by forecasters and I think the increase that NOAA indicated in their August update is coming to fruition. Isaac proved once again that much needs to be done to help the general public realize that hurricanes are not points on a map nor do they follow some set of rules laid out by man. Their effects can be far-reaching and extend well beyond the wind seed or category assigned to them. As September arrives, keep preparedness and education on your mind – you never know when that can pay off in helping you to deal with the likes of Isaac.
I am on the road heading back home from the MS Gulf Coast after a very successful field mission with Mike Watkins and Kerry Mallory. Once again, we met a great group of very kind and helpful people, some even in the middle of the wind and rain who just wanted to help us with directions. It is amazing how the Internet connects us now, no doubt about that.
I’ll have regular blog posts again, perhaps many per day. That being said, I plan to write one addressing our iPhone app and what went right, what went wrong and how we plan to make it the success that I know it will be.
I’ll post more here tomorrow.