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By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:42 PM GMT on July 08, 2006
The tropical Atlantic has gone very quiet this weekend, and I can't see any disturbances worth discussing, not even in the model forecasts for the coming week. In particular, wind shear is expected to remain quite high through at least Tuesday over the Gulf of Mexico--the place we most commonly get July tropical storms.
New Katrina book
There are several books out on Katrina now, and I am reading one I highly recommend to anyone interested in the disaster:
The Storm: What went wrong and why during Hurricane Katrina--the inside story from one Louisiana scientist.
The author, Dr. Ivor van Heerden, is cofounder and deputy directory of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center and director of the Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes. He holds a Ph.D. in marine sciences from LSU, and serves as associate professor of civil and
environmental engineering there. Van Heerden had a very unique perspective of Katrina. He worked tirelessly in the decade leading up to the storm to improve our scientific understanding of how Louisiana's wetlands protect New Orleans from hurricanes. He also worked extensively with FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, and political figures at the local, state, and U.S. Congressional levels to try to improve New Orleans' disaster readiness. In the aftermath of the storm, he provided support for the search and rescue efforts and plugging of the levee breaches, then headed one of the teams assigned to figure out what caused the levees to fail.
The New York Times has a review of the book for those interested, and I'll be posting my own review sometime during the coming week.
Enjoy another quiet weekend in the tropics, everyone!
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