Ike cost might be $27 billion.

Ike cost might be $27 billion.

Jeff Masters is reporting that the cost for Ike could be $27 billion. As its remnants passed through the Midwest today, parts of Missouri got seven inches of rain, and many gages are above flood stage. The USGS has a neat Google Maps based summary of flooding along...

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 at 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 (update: at link’s dead, try this one) 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...

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...