Ike crosses Houston

Ike crosses Houston

It looks as though the tide/storm surge combination fell short of the 20+ feet worst-case NOAA predicted. I hope so. The power of these storms amazes me. I cannot imagine the energy required to move water, as rain and ocean surge, in such quantities. I’m hoping...

Weekend review, GSA, and pumps.

Weekend review, GSA, and pumps.

I’ve not been keeping the blog up to date, though a lot’s going on here. My last post was about New Orleans, written before Gustav had formed. As I write this Monday morning it’s weakening and it looks as though New Orleans will be spared what...

New Orleans levees, St. Louis and the COE

New Orleans levees, St. Louis and the COE

Friday the AP reported on a year-long study it’s done of flood prevention work in New Orleans and public perception of the hazard. They claim to have tracked a pattern of public misperception, political jockeying and legal fighting, along with economic and...

Flood in St. Louis, Em4 news, Detroit work.

Flood in St. Louis, Em4 news, Detroit work.

Cara and I are closing in on our Detroit work reporting, here’s a little transect plot from that. I really hate doing all day science writing without coffee. Fifty-something more days. The Em4’s articulation mechanism will be done tomorrow, and Kate and I...

Another upper Midwest flood.

Another upper Midwest flood.

Here’s tonight’s radar. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Our St. Louis projects are in for a test tonight, and Iowa is getting another soaking. More extreme weather in an already extraordinary year.