As the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, New Orleans and areas of the Gulf coast affected by this deadly storm continue to recover. For a good round up of sites and sources dealing with Katrina and its effects, visit the Librarians' Internet Index Hurricane Katrina page.
The National Weather Service has created a series of colorful radar maps of the U.S. at http://radar.weather.gov. This was discovered during the travels of Ernesto through South Florida just before the Labor Day weekend. It may come in handy for the duration of this hurricane season. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and select the Southeast sector.
We are back, sort of. The university was closed for a week following the storm. No electricity and lots of debris: downed trees, signs, traffic lights. We have no email. The server went down after a power surge. The campus looks bare after the trees were stripped of palm fronds and branches. So we all flock to the buildings with electricity. Most residences still have no power. At least the internet is accessible.
We are all anxious about the track of Wilma. Which way will it go and how intense will it be when it reaches Florida? It remains a big unknown. The Palm Beach Post's hurricane blog has a link to a new weather site called Skeetobite Weather. To help with travel plans, see the ultra-local forecast map that illustrates the wind field that we can expect. For official NSU hurricane closing infromation, check NSU's hurricane alert page.