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September 30, 2005

Tropical Depression 19 forms; L.A. wildfires threaten homes; Meteorologists: Hurricane research budget too small; HI flood watch; Tornado victims asked to re-report damage; Arctic ice melting faster; Family opens home to 50 hurricane evacuees; Volunteers continue to rescue animals; 140,000 homes and businesses uninhabitable; Officers suspended amid looting allegations; 8 month wait for trailer; Red Cross criticized; Ready for Mardi Gras 2006?; Rita death toll hits 100; Fort Worth images

Tropical Depression 19 Forms: Update from the National Hurricane Center | Forecast track. If this becomes Stan, it would continue the streak of male named systems not affecting much land this season (with the expection of Dennis), while the female named ones cause plenty of problems.

L.A. Wildfies Threaten Homes: KNBC-TV 4, L.A. coverage: 3,000 firefighters battling blaze that has burned 17,000 acres | Big California wildfire forces evacuations, but optimism seen | L.A. weather/webcam images | Live streaming links (likely offline overnight) in yesterday’s post…

Weather News: Meteorologists say hurricane research budget too small

Forecasters place Hawaii under flood watch | Watches/warnings map

Tornado victims asked to re-report damage: Gov. Doyle appealing to FEMA

Verizon signs agreement for America’s Top 2 weather- information networks … I live in the Keller, Texas, ZIP code, but am really in the City of Fort Worth. I hear we should be getting FIOS TV any day now, and I will probably be giving this a try.

Katrina Update: Family opens home to 50 hurricane evacuees | Volunteers continue to rescue animals stranded by hurricanes | 140,000 homes and businesses uninhabitable after storms | N.O. launches “repopulation” campaign | Four officers suspended as looting allegations investigated | Wait for trailer can be up to eight months | MS jobless claims exceed 64,000 after Katrina | Red Cross criticized, urged to share cash | Mardi Gras 2006: Floats will be ready, but will people?

Rita Update: Number of deaths related to Rita hits 100 | Entergy: Rolling blackouts should end soon | Latest Rita stories

New satellite observations show that sea ice in the Arctic is melting faster while air temperatures in the region are rising sharply, scientists say. Story

Space News: Great background image from Astronomy Picture of the Day

Fort Worth Images: Images link to large versions in a new window

The first image taken in the height of gas price hikes, four days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Normally, Fort Worth gas prices are just below the national average. Gas prices fell quickly to about $2.79, but are now back up to $2.99. The skyline picture is of downtown Fort Worth, snapped as storms moved across the area on Sept. 15. The last two were taken on one of Fort Worth’s hottest days of the year. The images of building storm clouds were captured at 4 p.m., as the temperature hit 104 degrees at nearby DFW Airport. The last picture shows what became a hail-producing storm over Denton. The next day, a strong cold front brought highs only in the mid-70s.

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Thursday: 1. New Orleans 2. Boston 3. Houston 4. Los Angeles 5. Vancouver … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 29, 2005

L.A. wildfires; No tropical depression yet; Oct. major hurricane?; New Orleans’s French Quarter comes alive; Katrina donations surge past $1.3B; Nagin wants quick return, health officials not so sure; Only 32 bodies positively ID’d so far among 896 dead in LA; Chips help coroners keep track of victims; Displaced residents move to cruise ship; FEMA officials say they were caught off-guard; Rita power outages to last for weeks; Rita damaged more oil rigs than Katrina?; NF flooding; Google plans campus at NASA Research Park

L.A. Wildfires: Firefighters hold line as flames threaten homes | Live Streaming Video: KNBC-TV 4 | KCBS-TV 2 | KABC-TV 7 | L.A. weather/webcams

No Stan Yet: No new tropical depression today, but maybe by the weekend: National Hurricane Center statement | Tropical system develops in Caribbean Sea | Forecasts say major hurricane likely in October | The next name on the list is Stan, followed by Tammy, Vince and Wilma, before heading into the Greek alphabet. | National Hurricane Center updates

Katrina Update: Hurricane Katrina made landfall one month ago today [Aug. 29, 2005 WXnation Wire entry]… New Orleans’s French Quarter comes alive as power is restored | Total Katrina donations surge past $1.3B | Nagin wants quick return, health officials not so sure | Only 32 bodies positively identified so far among 896 dead in Louisiana | Chips help coroners keep track of hurricane victims | From Mississippi: Displaced coast residents moving to cruise ship | Gulf Coast city insured for casino losses from Katrina

Rita Update: Heat forces shutdown of Houston relief center: FEMA officials say they were caught off-guard by numbers of people | Power outages to last several more weeks: Rolling blackouts should end by Friday | Rita may have damaged more oil rigs than Katrina | Latest Rita stories

Other Weather News: Half-foot of rain inundates Charleston area

Newfoundland residents flee homes after flooding

Space News: Google plans campus at NASA Research Park

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Wednesday: 1. New Orleans 2. Dallas/Fort Worth 3. Houston 4. St. Louis 5. Orlando … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 28, 2005

Texas 100s; Brown shifts blame for Katrina response; N.O. mayor responds; Leader of New Orleans police resigns; Katrina fact vs. fiction; MS gov.’s speech; Casino storm; Rita: NOAA posts aerial views; 31 die from Rita; Gas prices rise on refinery shortfall concern; LA seafood industry losses; Tropical system may form today; Sacramento lightning storm; 108 degrees in Waco, TX, 100 in Houston; Quakes in ID; NASA administrator: Space shuttle a mistake; Lawmakers: Early retirement for space shuttles unlikely; Rocket launch pic

104º In Dallas/Ft. Worth: Storms tonight, then a big cool-down, to a high around 77º tomorrow! D/FW Airport conditions | Cooler weather finally on the way
| Daily infernos coming to an end | Watches/warnings map | Radar | Weather/webcam images | 106º in Austin | 104º in San Antonio

Katrina Update: Brown shifts blame for Hurricane Katrina responseN.O. mayor responds | Leader of New Orleans police resigns | Separating fact from fiction in Katrina’s wake: Did false reports of murder and mayhem delay aid for those in need? | From Mississippi: Gov. Barbour’s speech before the Legislature | Casino storm brewing | Casino stories for Biloxi and Gulfport

Rita Update: 31 die from Hurricane Rita in Harris County: Victims range in age from 14 months to 92 | Gas prices rise a third day on concern about refinery shortfall | Losses in Louisiana seafood industry may be felt nationwide | Rita may worsen red tide in South Texas | SW La. weather/webcam images | Latest Rita stories

Courtesy NOAA: Aerial view of Hurricane Rita’s destruction in Cameron, La. Image links to NOAA’s post of more than 1,100 images of the U.S. Gulf Coast areas in the path of Hurricane RitaLarge version and high resolution version

New Tropical System May Form Today: National Hurricane Center discusses the possibility of a new system by later today. Monitoring the tropics

One Of Worst Lightning Storms In N. Calif. History?: Lightning storm shocks Sacramento area: Monday night’s lightning storm may go down as one of the worst in Northern California history. (Video inside)

108 Degrees In Waco, Texas!: But it’s a dry heat! | 100 degrees in Houston, Tuesday, 98 in Dallas/Fort Worth

Quake News: Swarm of earthquakes hits central Idaho: Strongest in 4 years for area … Quake wire is in the left column of this page. Maps and more are in our National/International page

Space News: NASA administrator says space shuttle was a mistake | Early retirement for space shuttles unlikely, lawmakers say

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Rocket launch

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Tuesday: 1. Houston 2. New Orleans 3. Orlando 4. Lafayette 5. Miami … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 27, 2005

FEMA sends $625M to Katrina victims; Volunteers building homes; Brown: Should have sought aid sooner; Group poised to rebuild Bay St. Louis; Biloxi, Ocean Springs restart classes; Overblown mayhem reports?; Katrina displaces nearly 6,000 doctors; Weather Service, Hurricane Center stepped up; Rita’s death toll at 7; La. paper turns to Web; Rita rocked media; Mets watch tropics; Kenneth in Pacific; Tornado hits MSU; WI gov. wants help for tornadoes; TWC’s role may be key in lawsuit; NASA’s Pluto probe arrives at spaceport

Katrina Update: FEMA sends $625 million to Hurricane Katrina victims | Volunteers build homes for Katrina, Rita victims | Parish by parish updates | N.O. residents return Cattle feared dead | Brown says he should have sought aid sooner | Group poised to rebuild Bay St. Louis | School’s in: Biloxi, Ocean Springs restart classes | Reports of post-Katrina mayhem may have been overblown | Katrina displaces nearly 6,000 doctors | As storms threatened, Weather Service and Hurricane Center stepped up

Rita Update: Hurricane Rita’s death toll reaches 7 | Fewer than expected number of students displaced by Hurricane Rita in Texas | No power, no problem: Louisiana paper turns to Web full-time | Gentler Rita still rocked Houston media: Disruption could last weeks in wake of storm

Other Weather News: From Florida: Meteorologists watch two tropical waves: At least one wave could come close to Florida

From Hawaii: Kenneth in Central Pacific waters: Tropical storm slowly moves west | Hawaii weather/webcams

Tornado rips through parts of Mississippi State University, Starkville

Wisconsin governor wants help for Stoughton tornadoes

Heavy rain floods basements, roads in Milwaukee

The judge hearing an age discrimination claim filed by a former reporter asked lawyers on both sides Monday to consider whether The Weather Channel is a business or entertainment: Network’s role may be key in lawsuit

Space News: NASA’s Pluto probe arrives at spaceport

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Monday (Top 4 remains unchanged): 1. Houston 2. New Orleans 3. Lafayette 4. Toronto 5. New York City … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 26, 2005

Gulf Coast emerges from battering by Rita; 15,000 homes flooded in La. parish; La. Gov: ‘Everything Is Just Obliterated’; Hurricane Rita spawns tornadoes, flooding; Why is this happening?; Rita exposes evacuation problems; Rainfall totals up to 16 inches; Cleanup moves to private property in Biloxi; Hurricane Katrina could forever change how TV news covers storms; Powerful quake rocks N. Peru, 4 reported dead; M3.4 quake in Maine; Fall foliage webcams; New London, UK weather, webcams WXnation page

Rita Updates: Rescuers find more survivors, more damage | Gulf Coast emerges from battering by Rita | 15,000 homes flooded in south Terrebonne, La. | La. Gov.: ‘Everything Is Just Obliterated’ | Hurricane Rita spawns tornadoes, street flooding | Why is this happening? | Coastal La. picks up | Hurricane exposes evacuation problems | Rita rainfall totals: 16 inches of rain from Rita reported in Bunkie, La. through 7 p.m. Sun. | Rita images | Current watches and warnings | Latest Rita stories

Live Streaming Rita Coverage Most, if not all, may be offline now

Katrina’s Aftermath Update: Cleanup moves to private property in Biloxi | Hurricane Katrina could forever change how TV news covers storms | N.O. weather/webcams

Quake News: Powerful earthquake rocks northern Peru, at least 4 reported deadUSGS preliminary info | Minor 3.4 quake in N. Maine … Quake wire is in the left column of this page; Maps are in the National/International page (right column)

Fall Foliage Webcams: The first of two new WXnation.com pages is really just an updated page: Though it felt far from it yesterday as it reached 102 degrees in Dallas/Fort Worth, autumn is upon us, as is the return of the WXnation Fall Foliage Webcams page

New London, UK Weather/Webcams WXnation Page: The first WXnation page covering a city outside of the US and Canada is online. The London, England page went live early this morning. A contributing factor to the addition: The site was recently linked to in the Times Online … thanks! But most of all, it is my hope that my favorite (or should I say ‘favourite’) musical artist, Kate Bush, ends up checking weather conditions on the page just once… Her excellent new single “King of the Mountain” is available on iTunes and other digital music services tomorrow in the US.

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Sunday (Only #4 changes from Saturday’s Top 5): 1. Houston 2. New Orleans 3. Lafayette 4. Toronto 5. Dallas/Fort Worth … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 25, 2005

Rita now tropical depression; Heavy rain, tornadoes possible in MS, AL, areas north; Rita-spawned tornadoes kill 1; Couple sorry they stayed; Texas sets staggered schedule for return of evacuees; Mayor: Galveston Island open to everyone; Rita likely to spark rise in gas prices; Web scammers strike; Some computer models put Rita’s circulation back in Gulf; New Orleans may dry out in one week; Lightning strikes 2 planes in Hawaii skies; FEMA denies WI disaster aid; Government controlling weather?

Rita Now Tropical Depression; Heavy Rain Likely In AR, MS, Areas North: Rita now a tropical depression with 20 mph winds | Cleanup begins | Rita-spawned tornadoes kill at least 1 | Couple sorry they stayed for the storm | Texas sets staggered schedule for return of Rita evacuees: Evacuated residents should ‘stay put, be patient’ | Mayor: Galveston Island open to everyone | Rita likely to spark rise in gas prices: Back to $3 plus? | Web scammers strike before hurricane does | Latest Rita stories | Where To? Heavy rain and possible tornadoes are expected in Mississippi, Alabama and areas to the north as Rita moves northwest. [Current watches and warnings and Rita’s rainfall totals through 7 a.m. Sun] One computer model suggests Rita’s weak circulation might move back into the Gulf of Mexico. Here are the models: AccuWeather | Wunderground | NCAR WRF model prediction/animation | National Hurricane Center | others ( ‘Frame’ links)

ArrowLive Streaming Coverage & Images

New Orleans May Dry Out In One Week: Rita led to more New Orleans flooding, especially in the Ninth Ward, but N.O may be pumped dry again soon | N.O. weather/webcams | N.O. storm total precip. | Radar loop

Other Weather News: Strong storms are possible in the Midwest today. Current watches/warnings map and live satellite/radar, weather and webcam links

Lightning strikes 2 planes in Hawaii skies

FEMA denies Wisconsin disaster aid

Weird News: Is the government controlling the weather? | More on the Idaho forecaster following hurricane theory | His WeatherWars.info site

Space News: Johnson Space Center suffers only minor damage

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Saturday: 1. Houston 2. New Orleans 3. Lafayette 4. Shreveport 5. Dallas/Fort Worth … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 24, 2005

Rita, now a tropical storm, makes landfall as Cat. 3 hurricane just east of TX-LA border; Rita may dump up to 15 inches of rain; Major damage around Lake Charles; 3M Rita evacuees urged to delay return; Flooding returns to New Orleans; 24 evacuees die as bus bursts into flames; 3 historic buildings in Galveston catch fire; Rita affecting bird migration; Forecaster leaves job to pursue weather theories; Alaska storm; Jova loses strength; Rocket launch

Rita, Now Downgraded To Tropical Storm, Makes Landfall As Cat. 3 Hurricane Just East Of TX-LA Border: Hurricane Rita made landfall at 2:38 a.m. CDT just east of Sabine Pass, TX, and the Texas-Louisiana border as a Cat. 3 with 120 mph maximum sustained winds. Rita is expected to slow down and spin over either E. Texas or W. Louisiana, bringing up to 15 inches of rain across parts of E. TX, W. LA, SW OK and AR., which may lead to flooding along the Mississippi River and in New Orleans [N.O. storm total precip. | Radar loop]. Rita’s remnants may also move back into the Gulf of Mexico. Latest Data/Models: Port Arthur, TX/ Lake Charles, LA Current Observations | NOAA Rita Page | National Hurricane Center‘s forecast track | Computer models, others ( ‘Frame 1’ links)

ArrowLive Streaming Coverage: KPLC-TV 7, Lake Charles (Temporarily down as of 9 p.m. Saturday) | KATC-TV 3, Lafayette | KSLA-TV 12, Shreveport | KPRC-TV 2, Houston | KHOU-TV 11, Houston | KTRK-TV 13, Houston | NBC Stations (Opens new window) | Periodic Streaming: KRIS-TV 6, Corpus Christi | KXAS-TV 5, Dallas/Fort Worth (Look for WeatherPlus) | New Orleans Stations Streaming: WDSU-TV 6 | WWL-TV 4 | Subscription Video Feeds: HurricaneNow.com | Hurricane LiveNet.com | Live Audio: KTRH-AM 740, Houston | KPRC-AM 950, Houston | Others (look for lightning bolts; AM news/talk)

ArrowRita Stories: Major damage around Lake Charles | 3M Rita evacuees urged to delay return | Rita floods Gulf Coast towns, sparks fires | 3 historic buildings in Galveston catch fire | Other buildings catch fire | Corps of engineers tries to stop flooding of New Orleans | Abandoned Ninth Ward flooding reaches at least 6 feet | New Orleans streaming video from WWL-TV and WDSU-TV | N.O. weather/cams | 24 evacuees die near Dallas as bus bursts into flames | Rita affecting bird migration | The Web tracks Rita | Shep falls (video) Latest Rita stories | Online Coverage: KPLC-TV 7, Lake Charles | KSLA-TV 12, Shreveport | Shreveport Times | KPRC-TV 2, Houston | KHOU-TV 11, Houston | KTRK-TV 13, Houston | Houston Chronicle Rita Page | KXAS-TV 5, Dallas/Fort Worth | MSNBC | From Florida: WTVJ-TV 6, Miami | Local Blogs: KPLC-TV 7, Lake Charles | Houston Chronicle | KHOU-TV 11, Houston | KXAS-TV 5, DFW | KRIS-TV 6, Corpus Christi | Miami Herald | Other blogs


NWS storm total precipitation. Links to live version

Largest Atlantic hurricanes by lowest central pressureArrowRita Images: Slideshows: USA Today | MSNBC (opens new window) | Gulf Coast flooding and new N.O. flooding | Hurricane hunters | New N.O. floodwaters | Evacuee bus explodes | Interactive Tracker: Track all 2004-05 storms | Radar: Regional Radar | NWS Radar | Loop | Zoom | Loop | Storm Radar | 24-Hr. Rain | Storm Total Precip. S N. | Satellite: Intellicast U.S. satellite loop | AccuWeather U.S. satellite loop | Visible satellite/loop and IR/loop | Animations: Real-Time & Archived Satellite Imagery | Animated loop of Rita, 2004-05 storms | Watches/Warnings Map: National Weather Service | Weather & Webcam Images: Houston/Galveston/Port Arthur, Lafayette/SW Louisiana, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Little Rock, Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth | Other cities | Other Image Slideshows: 1900 Galveston | Simulation of possible Galveston devastation | Florida viewer images | 2

ArrowBlog Coverage: AccuWeather | Central Florida Hurricane Center | CapitalWeather.com | Hurricanetrack.com | Lost Remote TV Blog | Moreweather.com | MyWeatherBlog | WX-MAN’s Perspective | Weather.com | WeatherBlog | Report for WeatherBug Backyard | WeatherMatrix Blog | Message Boards: Eastern U.S. Weather Forum | TalkWeather.com | Storm2K | Weather.com Forum

Katrina Update: Coverage from WWL-TV 4, New Orleans | WDSU-TV 6, New Orleans | NOLA.com | From Mississippi: Sun Herald | Latest Katrina stories | Live Streaming Coverage: WDSU-TV 6, N.O. | WWL-TV 4, N.O. | Katrina images, searching for & found, and blog coverage links

Other Weather News: You may have heard him on Coast To Coast AM with George Noory … Now, Idaho forecaster Scott Stevens leaves job to pursue weather theories

From Alaska: Storm batters Western Alaska coast

From Hawaii: Jova loses strength, becomes tropical depression

Space News: Rocket launch amazes onlookers from southern California to Arizona | Rocket’s trail photo

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Friday: 1. Houston 2. New Orleans 3. Baton Rouge 4. Lafayette 5. Dallas/Fort Worth … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 23, 2005

Models show Rita hitting TX or LA coast early Saturday as major hurricane; More levees fail in New Orleans, water pours in; 24 evacuees die in bus fire; New forecast track model, animation; Rita may dump 20 inches of rain; Nearly 2 million flee TX, LA; NASA pulls ‘ride out’ crew from space center; Scientists: You can’t modify hurricanes; Rita could devastate gulf refineries; N.O. spooks; NWS officials gave dire, accurate warnings before Katrina hit

Developing Stories Related To Rita: More levees fail in New Orleans; water pours in | In Ninth Ward, waist high and rising | New Orleans streaming video from WWL-TV and WDSU-TV | Houston streaming video here | N.O. weather/cams | 24 evacuees die near Dallas as bus bursts into flames

Models Show Rita Hitting TX Or LA Coast Early Saturday As Major Hurricane: Hurricane Rita’s forecast track has shifted eastward and many computer models (linked to later in this section) place landfall anywhere from near Galveston to SW Louisiana. Rita is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday and then move to the north before slowing down and spinning over either East Texas or Louisiana, bringing up to 20 inches of rain across E. TX and W. LA. Latest Data/Models: NOAA Rita Page | National Hurricane Center‘s forecast track & strike probabilities | New: Forecast track and WRF radar animationStory | Wunderground computer models and other models (See ‘frame 1’ links) | More in the red column

ArrowRita Stories: Nearly 2 million flee Texas, Louisiana | NASA pulls ‘ride out’ crew from space center | Scientists: You can’t modify hurricanes | Rita could devastate gulf refineries | Raining in New Orleans, which may see up to 5 inches of rain | N. Texas could be spared | Busy hurricane season could run out of names | Latest Rita stories

Other Weather News: Severe storms hit Metro Detroit, cause flooding

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Thursday: 1. Houston 2. New Orleans 3. Corpus Christi 4. Austin 5. Dallas/Fort Worth … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 22, 2005

Category 4 Hurricane Rita spins toward Texas/Louisiana border; Houston residents struggle to get inland: Gas shortages amid 100-mile backup on interstate; New Orleans may get up to 5 inches of rain; Minn. storm outages; Hurricane Jova track; Autumnal equinox; L.A. quakes

Category 4 Hurricane Rita Spins Toward Texas/Louisiana Border: A slightly weakened Category 4 Hurricane Rita was on Wednesday the third most intense Atlantic Basin storm on record, and became the second Cat. 5 hurricane of 2005 after Katrina. The last time two Cat. 5’s formed in the same year was in 1961 [Cat. 5 list]. Rita is expected to weaken slightly before it makes landfall early Saturday as a major hurricane somewhere between Galveston, Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Rita may then stall over East Texas for a couple of days.

ArrowRita Stories: Houston Residents struggle to get inland | Interstate 45 southbound rerouted north out of Houston: Interstate at a standstill for up to 100 miles and gas shortages were already being reported | New Orleans may get up to 5 inches of rain | Galveston and the ‘most horrible sights’ of 1900 | Latest Rita stories

Other Weather News: Today is the autumnal equinox

Minn. storm brings reports of outages: The storm reportedly included straight-line winds gusting to 68 mph | More storms possible in the Midwest today: NWS watches/warnings map and U.S. satellite/radar and weather/webcam links

Hurricane Jova keeps forecasters’ track away from Islands

Quake News: Earthquakes up to 4.9 recorded 80 miles north of L.A.: Live quake wire in left column of this page. Map … more resources are in our National/International page

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Wednesday: 1. Houston 2. New Orleans 3. Key West 4. Minneapolis/St. Paul 5. Corpus Christi … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 21, 2005

Hurricane Rita now 3rd most intense hurricane recorded in Atlantic Basin; Category 5 approaches Texas; Gov. calls for voluntary evacuations of Texas Coast; Galveston issues mandatory evacuation order; Officials: Keys escape worst; Evacuees in Houston prepare to evacuate again; Katrina death toll at 1,036; Engineers race to patch New Orleans levees; Experts optimistic that N.O. safe to resettle eventually; Bush praises ‘Can-Do’ spirit

Severe storms tonight in Minneapolis/St. Paul area | Radar | More images

Hurricane Rita Now 3rd Most Intense Hurricane Recorded In Atlantic Basin; Dangerous Category 5 Approaches Texas: Rita is now the third most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin with a minimum central pressure of 898 mb, according to the National Hurricane Center. The massive Category 5 hurricane with 165 mph maximum sustained winds is approaching the Texas coast.

ArrowRita Stories: Gov. Perry calls for voluntary evacuations of Texas Coast | Galveston begins evacuating | Voluntary evacuations | Many not taking chances | Houston Chronicle coverage | In Galveston, no questions over evacuation | Rita fuels fears of gas shortage | From Florida: Officials: Keys escape worst | More stories

Katrina Update: Evacuees in Houston prepare to evacuate again | Katrina death toll at 1,036 | Blanco declares state of emergency ahead of Rita | Engineers race to patch New Orleans levees | Experts optimistic that N.O. safe to resettle eventually | Lake Pontchartrain pollution not as bad as feared | From Mississippi: Bush praises ‘Can-Do’ spirit of Coast | More stories | Live Streaming Video: WDSU-TV 6, N.O. | WWL-TV 4, N.O.

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Tuesday: 1. Key West 2. Miami 3. New Orleans 4. Houston 5. Los Angeles … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 20, 2005

Galveston issues mandatory evacuation order after Hurricane Rita passes south of Florida Keys; Rita may hit Texas as major hurricane by Friday; Keys escape worst case scenario; Death toll from Hurricane Katrina climbs to 973; Avoid being a victim of the weather; 1985 earthquake still felt

Hurricane Rita Passes South Of Florida Keys, May Hit Texas As Major Hurricane By Friday: The eye of Category 2 Hurricane Rita, currently with 105 mph winds, moved just south of the Florida Keys this afternoon. Unfortunately, the Texas coast could be hit by a devastating Category 4 Hurricane Rita by Friday. The National Hurricane Center‘s expected 5-day track, shows New Orleans is probably not in the path of this soon-to-be major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. [Most forecast track models place it just southwest of Houston] Stories: Galveston issues mandatory evacuation order: State of emergency issued for island city | Keys escape worst case scenario | More stories | Blogs: Houston Chronicle | KHOU-TV 11, Houston | Miami Herald | More blogs

ArrowLive Streaming Coverage: WTVJ-TV 6, Miami | WPLG-TV 10, Miami | WFOR-TV 4, Miami | WESH-TV 2, Orlando | Live Audio: WIOD-AM 610, Miami | Others (look for lightning bolts; AM news/talk)

ArrowRita Images: Viewer Images | Slideshow | NWS radar/ loop | Radar zoom/ loop | Storm total precipitation | Intellicast storm radar summary | Wunderground regional radar | Miami radar | Visible satellite/loop and IR/loop | Watches/warnings map | Weather/webcam images for Key West, Miami & SW Florida | Interactive: Hurricane tracker

Katrina’s Aftermath: Death toll from Hurricane Katrina climbs to 973 | Live coverage from WDSU-TV 6, N.O. and WWL-TV 4, N.O. | More stories … Much more on Katrina is in yesterday’s entry.

Other News: Avoid being a victim of the weather

1985 earthquake still felt … Quake wire is in the left column of this page

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Monday (New Orleans is not in the Top 2 for the first time since Aug. 26): 1. Key West 2. Miami 3. New Orleans 4. Indianapolis 5. St. Louis … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 19, 2005

Tropical Storm Rita nears FL Keys, could affect TX or LA by Friday; Hurricane warnings, watches issued for S. FL; New Orleans mayor suspends reopening of city due to Rita; Katrina survivor found as officials clash; Death toll raised to 883; Updated levees system could take decades to build; Business owners: Starting over may be impossible; Shelter offers hope; High-tech weather gadgets sell well in MN; NASA to detail plans for trip to moon

Tropical Storm Rita Nears Florida Keys, May Affect TX Or LA By Friday: Latest National Hurricane Center advisory, and forecast track, which puts Rita, expected to become a hurricane tonight, somewhere in or just south of the Florida Keys by Tuesday as a Cat. 1 or 2 hurricane. Rita then moves into the Gulf of Mexico and heads toward Texas by Fri./Sat. [Most forecast track models place it in the Houston area; one has it west of New Orleans].

ArrowKatrina Update: New Orleans mayor suspends reopening of city due to Rita | Katrina survivor found as officials clash: Death toll raised to 883 | Emotional moment and a misunderstanding | Jockeying over return to Big Easy ongoing | Guidelines for re-entry | New Orleans’ health system faces crisis | Updated levees system could take decades to build | Business owners say starting over may be impossible | City probes whether employees took donations meant for public | Stronger storms linked to warmer sea water | Live Streaming Video: WDSU-TV 6, N.O. | Periodic Live Streaming/Local N.O. Coverage: WWL-TV 4 | Online Coverage: NOLA.com | From Mississippi: Special needs shelter offers hope | Red Cross lines get crossed … again | Testing the coastal waters | Online Coverage: The Sun Herald | Google Katrina resources and latest news

ArrowKatrina images, searching for & found, and blog coverage links

Help Storm Victims: Red Cross seeks 40,000 more volunteers | American Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW | Salvation Army | Catholic Charities | FEMA | SPCA | Others

Other Weather News: 3 storms churn in Pacific Ocean: Forecasters say 4th storm could form by Monday

Ophelia heads for Cape Breton, Newfoundland

Thunderstorm knocks out power to thousands in Conn.

High-tech weather gadgets sell well in Minnesota

From Ireland: Warm weather kills four runners

Posted Here One Year Ago: Ivan Deadliest U.S. Hurricane Since Floyd, Gets Blame For At Least 45 U.S. Deaths After Landfall In Alabama; Mid-Atlantic States See Flooding, Record-Breaking Rainfall; Group: Insured Losses Could Hit $7 Billion

Quake News: Southern California’s disaster plans lacking: In event of large-scale emergency, it could take days for government, charities to respond, authorities say

Space News: NASA to detail plans for trip to moon

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Sunday: 1. New Orleans 2. Key West 3. Miami 4. Omaha 5. St. Louis … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 18, 2005

Tropical depression 18 could become Hurricane Rita, affect Florida Keys by Tuesday; Hurricane watch: Tourists ordered out of Florida Keys

Tropical Depression 18 Could Become Hurricane Rita, Affect Florida Keys By Tuesday: First advisory from the National Hurricane Center, and forecast track, which may point to a Hurricane Rita somewhere in or around the Florida
Keys by Tuesday, and then into the Gulf of Mexico [Some forecast track models place it near New Orleans next week]. Story: Hurricane watch: Tourists ordered out of Florida Keys | More stories | Visible satellite/loop and IR/loop | Hurricane tracker | Key West weather/webcam images | More in the red column

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Saturday: 1. New Orleans 2. Boston 3. Toronto 4. New York City 5. Vancouver … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 17, 2005

Tropical Storm Philippe, TD 18 form; Relief Chief: Mayor’s plan ‘problematic’; Federal forecasters who predicted dire circumstances before Katrina hit were right; Katrina’s death toll exceeds 800; Coast Guard choppers rescued thousands; Buyer beware of flood-damaged cars; The accidental boomtown; Evacuees leave shelters, 43-percent plan to return home; Disaster-prone cities scramble to learn lessons; Post-Katrina, overpreparedness will be norm; Bayland? Merging of shattered towns mulled; Pascagoula faces uncertain future; Ophelia brushes Cape, Islands; Solar minimum explodes; Harvest Moon

Tropical Storm Philippe & Tropical Depression 18 Form: National Hurricane Center advisories. The latest info is in the red column

Katrina’s Aftermath: Relief Chief: Mayor’s plan ‘problematic’ | Federal forecasters who predicted dire circumstances before Katrina hit were rightSee the NWS warning posted Aug. 28 | New Orleans businesses start cleaning up | Katrina’s death toll exceeds 800 | Coast Guard choppers rescued thousands, kept death toll lower | One station stayed on the air| Buyer beware of cars damaged by Katrina flooding | Baton Rouge: The accidental boomtown | Evacuees leave shelters; 43% plan to return home | Disaster-prone cities scramble to learn lessons from New Orleans | Post-Katrina, overpreparedness will be norm

From Mississippi: Jams could drive us crazy | A little aid and comfort from Texas | Bayland? Merging of shattered towns mulled | Pascagoula faces uncertain future

Ophelia Update: Ophelia brushes Cape, Islands: Residents brace for storm, feel few effects | Tropical storm Ophelia heads for Nova Scotia | 5-day track puts Ophelia as a tropical storm west of Iceland by Thursday! (or around 66.0N 7.0W) … Get the latest on Ophelia in the red column

Space News: Solar minimum is looking strangely like Solar Max

Watch out for the Harvest Moon

Top 100 Streaming Webcams Update: I’ve updated the Top 100 outdoor streaming webcams list, and not surprisingly, several New Orleans cams (now offline) jumped into the top positions. Some streaming cams from the area are now online in the N.O. page, which has been the most-visited city page every day since Aug. 27, except for Sept. 14 as Ophelia made Wilmington/NC Coast No. 1.

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Friday: 1. New Orleans 2. Toronto 3. Boston 4. New York City 5. Wilmington/NC Coast … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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September 16, 2005

More webcams now online in New Orleans; Mayor: N.O. to reopen next week; Pumping of flood waters ahead of schedule; Katrina makes top 10 deadliest disasters, death toll at 710; NOAA: Katrina most destructive ever; Miss. sues insurers; Scientists rescuing dolphins; Katrina satellite TV channels; Experts: Global warming causing stronger hurricanes; MA Cape, Islands on alert for Ophelia; Heavy rains flood parts of Big Island; The luckiest unlucky guy; Tsunami warning test; NASA to unveil plans for 2018 moon mission; Auroras; Kate Bush ‘Hounds of Love’ 20th anniversary

Katrina’s Aftermath: National Day of Prayer | Bush outlines new aid package from New Orleans | Reopening N.O.: More webcams are slowly coming back online in and around New Orleans. See them, and weather images, in the New Orleans weather/webcams page | Mayor: N.O. to reopen next week | Mayor outlines timeline for reopening N.O. by ZIP code | Poll with comments: Will you return to the N.O. area? | Pumping of Katrina flood waters ahead of schedule | Most Destructive: Katrina makes top 10 deadliest disasters: So far, the official death toll across five states is 710 | NOAA says Katrina was most destructive ever | Top 10 US natural disasters | From Mississippi: Insurers sued to force them to pay storm-surge coverage | Scientists begin rescuing storm-displaced dolphins | Katrina Info By Satellite: DISH Network dedicates channel to Hurricane Information Network: Katrina Information Network (KIN) is on channel 206; DirecTV’s is on Ch. 100 | Satellite Images: Before & after N.O. images

More Katrina News: 1993 recommendations could have prevented some flooding | Experts say global warming is causing stronger hurricanes | Hurricanes are getting stronger, study says | Airline woes: Bankrupt pledges | USATODAY.com reports record traffic for August: Katrina features garnered more than 2.1 million unique visitors and more than 57 million page views through August | More Katrina stories in yesterday’s post…

Ophelia Update: From MA: Cape, Islands on alert for Ophelia | Forecast track | Tropical Storm Ophelia moves out to sea: More than 200,000 in NC were without power overnight, but 3-day drenching was far less severe than many had anticipated … Ophelia images and additional stories are in yesterday’s post.

Other Weather News: From Hawaii: Heavy rains flood parts of Big Island

The luckiest unlucky guy

NASA weather satellites to study clouds

The Weather Channel Interactive puts live interactive traffic maps in Desktop Weather

Another NW quake story: Slipping fault may increase quake risk

NWS conducts tsunami warning test in Monterey, CA

Space News: NASA to unveil plans for 2018 moon mission

More incredible aurora images are in the SpaceWeather.com Aurora Gallery | Astronomy Picture of the Day

Off-Topic: Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of my all-time favorite album, and the album I named Best Meteorological Album: Kate Bush‘s “Hounds of Love” … Bush has a new double-CD titled “Aerial” coming out Nov. 8, and the first single, “King of the Mountain,” will be available on iTunes Sept. 27. Great review of “Hounds of Love”, KT discussion board and news

Top 5 WXnation.com city weather and webcam pages visited on Thursday: 1. New Orleans 2. Dallas/Fort Worth 3. Wilmington/NC Coast 4. Raleigh 5. Indianapolis … See the top 20 so far this month in the center column of our home page.

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