by McGehee • 11:35 am, EDT
No link, but I’m told the government’s storm survey folks
think the storm surge at Waveland, Mississippi may have been over 30 feet.
My information suggests that’s measuring from mean sea level (never thought to
wonder about that before).
Thirty feet—isn’t that in the neighborhood of the height the
water reached in tsunami-struck areas at the peak of the wave? Had New Orleans
borne the brunt of a surge on that scale, we wouldn’t be arguing about who
screwed up the rescue efforts because there wouldn’t have been anybody to
Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration is pushing the National Weather Service to stop using its logo,
and to start calling itself “NOAA’s National Weather Service.” NOAA
honchos are actually prodding
NWS agencies to remove the NWS logo from its websites even as the service
works overtime to support hurricane relief efforts and several NWS offices in
the hurricane damage area have been damaged themselves—and NWS personnel
deal both with Katrina’s aftermath-related workload and their own property
Interesting priorities, NOAA.