Monday, August 29, 2005

New Orleans - still there

Katrina is one badass hurricane, but it appears that New Orleans has dodged the worst-case, flood-the-bowl scenario. The Big Easy apocalypse depends on a lot of factors in addition to the hurricane's overall strength: The storm must be moving along a particular track, at a particular angle and at a relatively slow speed, so that so much water is pumped from the Gulf of Mexico into Lake Pontchartrain it overtops the city's levee system.

But Katrina moved just far enough east that this didn't happen. Some good news on an otherwise difficult day.