Sunday, September 21, 2008

Celebrate Spirit 2008

This is from the most recent Celebrate Spirit at UDM. This involves a mass and picnic with classes operating on an adjusted schedule for the day. I think it has become a better attended activity over the time I have been at UDM. This year Chrysler sponsored the picnic and had a bunch of new cars out on the fountain area. It was a beautiful day and a nice change of pace.

Monday, September 08, 2008

OK... enough of the hurricane blogging for now

These are a few shots I took inside the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. You can't use a flash inside the museum, and I struggled to figure out how to take good pictures. Although you aren't supposed to videotape, I ran the video function for a second or two to get good photos. It is a very nice museum, although I only stayed for a couple of hours as I had to get to a meeting. I'll let these speak for themselves.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Ike Could Be a Problem

Ike is a very powerful storm (Category 4 as of now) that will be heading over warm water. The track puts it into the central gulf of Mexico. New Orleans might have to evacuate a 2nd time. It's too soon to tell, but it certainly appears to be heading into the middle of the Gulf.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Considerable weakening of Gustav | Eye collapsing

Fortunately Gustav seems to be weakening in a number of ways. It still packs 115 mph winds, but the National Weather service called that "generous". The eye of he storm has weakened considerably, and the east wall seems to be falling apart. As it moves overland, it will weaken fairly rapidly, although not rapidly enough for Houma. There is still danger and the storm surge will test the levies of New Orleans. However, I think this might be a test and might give the Army Corps of Engineers valuable information about how things stand. As far as New Orleans is concerned, this might amount to the equivalent of a preseason game,

Gustav maintains strength...

...but does not appear to be intensifying. It is on track toward Houma, LA. Because hurricanes can do funny things, we shouldn't think New Orleans is completely out of the woods yet. The West Bank will likely get flooding. On TV I saw a West Bank family that decided to stay and ride out the storm. At least they were well prepared with a generator and boats. So they should be OK, although it does not sound like a wise decision. I'll find out when I wake up, if the track has been maintained. New Orleans could get sustained hurricane force winds of upwards of 85 mph. There will be damage in New Orleans, but Houma will take a beating, as well as areas south of Houma.