Predicting Katrina

Post ImageNow that the blame game is well underway in the United States and especially in New Orleans, it’s interesting to see who predicted Katrina and who did not. Surely someone must have known it was coming right? In fact, lots of people did, including Brendan Loy:

One of the earliest and perhaps clearest alarms about Hurricane Katrina’s potential threat to New Orleans was sounded not by the Weather Channel or a government agency but by a self-described weather nerd sitting on a couch in Indiana with a laptop computer and a remote control.

“At the risk of being alarmist, we could be 3-4 days away from an unprecedented cataclysm that could kill as many as 100,000 people in New Orleans,” Brendan Loy, who is 23 and has no formal meteorological training, wrote on Aug. 26 in his blog, irishtrojan.com. “If I were in New Orleans, I would seriously consider getting the hell out of Dodge right now, just in case.”

I think it’s pretty interesting that in 2005, someone can make a prediction like that and post it to the Internet for all to see. Unfortunately, this also highlights a current shortcoming of the blogosphere – finding interesting and meaningful posts as soon as they are created is still difficult at best.

Read: New York Times

Mayhem in New Orleans

Post ImageI just can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like in New Orleans right now. I complain about gas jumping a dime today here in Edmonton, meanwhile in New Orleans:

National Guard troops moved in force into this storm-ravaged city today as state and local officials struggled to reverse a growing sense of anarchy sparked by reports of armed looters, bodies floating untended in stagnant floodwaters, and food and water supplies dwindling for thousands of trapped and desperate residents.

Absolutely crazy. And the pictures are pretty intense too, just take a peek at Flickr.

Read: New York Times