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August 31, 2006

Ernesto may hit N.C. as Cat. 1 Hurricane tonight after weakening over Fla.; Carolinas on alert as weakened Ernesto moves north, Governor warns residents against complacency; D.C. may see flooding from Ernesto; Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane John marches up Mexican Coast; Severe storms rip Charlotte area; NWS confirms Penn. was hit by tornado; High temps prompt extreme heat advisory in L.A. County; Russian deal gives NASA more launch time; First woman space tourist readies for trip

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Ernesto May Hit N.C. As Category 1 Hurricane Tonight: North Carolina readies for Ernesto: Hurricane watch in effect for part of coast | Radar loop and storm total precipitation | WXnation’s Complete Ernesto/Atlantic Hurricane Resources

Posted Early Thurs.: Ernesto weakens over Florida | Carolinas on alert as weakened Ernesto moves north: Governor warns residents against complacency | D.C. may see flooding from Ernesto

Cat. 4 Hurricane John Threatens Mexico: Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane John marches up Mexican Coast: Track

Other Weather News: Severe storms rip Charlotte area

NWS confirms Chester County, Penn. was hit by tornado

High temps prompt extreme heat advisory in L.A. County

Space News: Russian deal gives NASA more launch time

First woman space tourist readies for trip

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August 30, 2006

Tropical Storm Ernesto makes landfall in upper Fla. Keys, then SW Miami-Dade Co., Fla., Tues. night; Floridians relieved as Ernesto doesn’t regain strength before landfall, Hurricane watches discontinued; More than a foot of rain forecast; Tropical storm appears headed for S.C.; Raleigh’s American Red Cross prepares for Ernesto, flooding; Hurricane John forms in Pacific, to hug Mexican Coast; Nearly $800M going to drought aid; Weather front expected to fuel western wildfire growth; Beatles webcam foils break-in; Quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami risk; NASA presses ahead with shuttle launch

Ernesto To Makes Landfall In Fla. Keys, Then SW Miami-Dade Co.: Tropical Storm Ernesto makes landfall in upper Florida Keys Tuesday night

Floridians relieved as Ernesto doesn’t regain strength before landfall; Hurricane watches discontinued: Up to 10 inches of rain possible in some areas

Tropical storm appears headed for South Carolina

Raleigh’s American Red Cross prepares for Ernesto, flooding

Complete Ernesto/Atlantic Hurricane Resources

Hurricane John forms in Pacific, to hug Mexican Coast

Nearly $800M going to drought aid

Weather front expected to fuel western wildfire growth

World Of Webcams: Beatles webcam foils break-in

Quake Wire: Quake hits Indonesia; no tsunami risk

Space News: NASA presses ahead with shuttle launch: NASA sends the shuttle back to the pad, reversing course for first time

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August 29, 2006

Ernesto heads for S. Fla.; Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later; MSNBC: Katrina, The Long Road Back; Bush sees limits to federal Katrina aid, says rebuilding could take years; Storm victims feel anger, neglect; Katrina’s psychological toll; Katrina survivors mostly optimistic, new study finds; New Orleans hip-hop remembers hurricane; Storm ends hope for Tues. space launch; Aurora image

Ernesto Heads For South Florida: Ernesto moves off Cuba’s coast: Landfall as a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane is expected just west of Miami by Tuesday night or early Wednesday. Get the latest data and images in our hurricane resources page

Katrina, One Year Later: MSNBC: Katrina, The Long Road Back: Very moving images were in Brian Williams’ report on NBC Monday night… Also, coverage from USAToday.com

Bush sees limits to federal Katrina aid, says Katrina rebuilding could take years

Storm victims feel anger, neglect | The storm lingers on: Katrina’s psychological toll

Katrina survivors mostly optimistic, new study finds | F— Katrina: New Orleans hip-hop remembers the hurricane

One Year Ago In WXnation Wire: Aug. 29, 2005 entry: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in Louisiana with 140 mph winds, moves just east of New Orleans; Superdome roof ripped as Katrina slams New Orleans; 3 die in evacuation; Mandatory evacuation called for N.O. for first time in city’s history. Read entries from Aug. 25-31, 2005

One year ago today, in the early morning hours, I had some outdoor webcam images from New Orleans and Mobile loaded on my computer. Every one of them had stopped updating by dawn. I remember reading some messages from people on FARK.com: “That webcam took a real hit this time, it’s offline. Nope, it’s back…” We knew Hurricane Katrina was a monster of a storm, but reality set in for those along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and Alabama when the sun came up. And, after a sigh of relief in New Orleans, the next morning, and week, and year, brought more horror, but with it, heroism. Life from the Crescent City to Mobile has been forever changed.

Space News: Storm ends hope for Tuesday space launch | Great aurora image posted at SpaceWeather.com

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August 28, 2006

Ernesto weakens after becoming hurricane, S. Fla. under hurricane watch; Ernesto targets Haiti, Cuba, Fla/; Haiti batters Ernesto, still forecast to strike Fla.; Feds say New Orleans storm-ready; Fear, heat, misery, but most all, smell in Superdome; Flooding torments N.D. town’s residents; Long Island tornado clean-up begins; Drought causing trouble for lakes across Texas; Day before her birthday, woman struck by lightning; Evacuations ordered in Wash. for fires; Space shuttle Atlantis launch on hold

Ernesto Weakens After Becoming Hurricane, Mandatory Evacuation In Fla. Keys: South Florida under hurricane watch | Hurricane Ernesto targets Haiti, Cuba, Florida | Haiti batters Ernesto, still forecast to strike Florida as hurricane

Ernesto now seems to be headed for south and central Florida by Tuesday night. Potential targets include the Keys, Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa.

The latest data is in the box below, and WXnation Wire’s Complete Atlantic Hurricane Resources Page

Tropical Storm Ernesto
National Hurricane Center Data


5p EDT Mon. Update:
(Latest Advisory | Discussion)
Max. sustained winds:
Near 40 mph (Probabilities)
Min. central pressure:
1007 mb or 29.74 inches
Position:
21.3 N 76.9 W
Located:
60 miles E of Camaguey, Cuba
Moving:
NW near 13 mph (Forecast track map – 3 day | 5 day)
24 hour forecast: Expected to regain strength (Forecast)
Complete Resources List: Includes satellite images, hurricane track models, streaming video links, and more
Latest From National Hurricane Center:

No current storm in NHC Atlantic Wallet 5
No current storm in NHC AT5 as of Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:09:20 GMT

Katrina Update: Feds say New Orleans is storm-ready | There was fear, the heat, the misery, but most all, the smell in the Superdome

“Storm Stories: Postmark Katrina” aired Sunday night at 8 p.m. EDT on The Weather Channel. Read WXnation Wire’s review of the episode

Severe Weather: Flooding torments N.D. town’s residents

Long Island tornado clean-up begins

Drought Update: Drought causing trouble for lakes across Texas

Weird News: Day before her birthday, woman struck by lightning

Wildfire Update: Evacuations ordered in Wash. for fires

Space News: Space shuttle Atlantis launch on hold

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August 26, 2006

National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield to retire; Latest forecast puts Ernesto as hurricane hitting same area as Katrina days after anniversary; Jamaica, Caymans issue hurricane watch for Ernesto; Tropical Storm Ernesto threatens Caribbean; Engineers worry about New Orleans levees; Tornado touches down on Long Island; Powerful storms move across Minn., 1 dead; Seattle streaks toward another weather record; NASA delays launch of Shuttle Atlantis until at least Mon.; Now how will students learn the planets?

Head Of Hurricane Center To Retire: National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield to retire

Image: 5-day forecast track for Tropical Storm Ernesto, courtesy NOAA. Links to large version

Tropical Storm Ernesto Forms Friday: Latest forecast track has Ernesto hitting as a hurricane in the same area as Katrina days after the one-year anniversary | Jamaica, Caymans issue hurricane watch for Ernesto | Tropical Storm Ernesto threatens Caribbean | WXnation Wire’s Atlantic hurricane resources page

Engineers worry about New Orleans levees

Severe Weather: Tornado touches down on Long Island

Powerful storms move across Minnesota; one dead

Seattle Streak: Seattle streaks toward another weather record

Space News: NASA delays launch of Shuttle Atlantis until at least Monday

Now how will students learn the planets?

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August 25, 2006

Ariz. motorists stranded by floodwaters rescued; Severe weather hits N. Plains; Is Gulf Coast ready for another hurricane?; Investors can bet on storm contracts; U.S. hasn’t seen a fire season like this in 6 years; NASA begins countdown for space shuttle launch; Widow of Pluto’s discoverer ‘shook up’; Drought continues across N. Texas: Annual and consecutive 100-degree days

Severe Storms: Motorists in Arizona rescued after being stranded by floodwaters

Severe weather hits northern Plains

Tropics: Latest on Tropical Depression 5 and Debby: Complete Atlantic hurricane resources

Is Gulf Coast ready for another hurricane?

Investors can bet on storm contracts

One Year Ago Today: 2 dead, more than 1 million without power as Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in S. Florida; Flooding biggest threat; Crude oil rises to $68; Katrina won’t stop MTV VMA parties … Full post

Wildfires: U.S. hasn’t seen a fire season like this in six years

Space News: NASA begins countdown for space shuttle launch

Widow of Pluto’s discoverer ‘shook up’

N. Texas Drought: Drought continues across North Texas: Annual and consecutive 100-degree days

Image courtesy NOAA. Links to large version.

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August 24, 2006

Pluto no longer a planet; Tropical Depression 5 forms in Caribbean, may be in Gulf by next week; Latest National Hurricane Center track shows Tropical Storm Debby avoiding U.S., Bermuda Islands; One year ago today: Tropical Storm Katrina heads for Fla.; Bush vows more help for hurricane victims; Storm, possible tornado hit Michigan City, Ind.; Russian plane crashes in Ukraine killing 170, weather blamed

Space News: Pluto no longer a planet | More from SpaceWeather.com

Weather News: Tropical Depression 5 forms in Caribbean: May be in Gulf by next week, according to current trackComplete Atlantic hurricane resources

Latest National Hurricane Center track shows Tropical Storm Debby avoiding U.S. and Bermuda Islands

WXnation Wire Entry One Year Ago Today: Tropical Storm Katrina heads for Florida; Hurricane Katrina?: Meteorologists say storm could become hurricane by landfall

Bush vows more help for hurricane victims

Storm, possible tornado hit Michigan City, Indiana

World Weather: Russian plane crashes in Ukraine killing 170: Weather blamed

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August 23, 2006

Tropical Storm Debby forms; Storms snarl traffic in Plano, Texas; Wildfire west of Fort Worth burns for 4th day; Weather worsens wildfires in Northwest; Drought, water worries cloud skies for US farmers; Feds declare drought disaster for most of Ga.; Nebraska drought price tag put at $342 million; BP well hit by Hurricane Katrina is still leaking; UK ‘could suffer Katrina-style flooding’; NASA announces space shuttle Web and TV coverage for launch; Space station lined up for golf stunt

Tropical Storm Debby Forms: Latest from the National Hurricane Center. Complete resources list

Other Weather News: Storms snarl traffic in Plano, Texas

Wildfire west of Fort Worth burns for fourth day

Weather worsens wildfires in Northwest

Drought, water worries cloud skies for US farmers

Feds declare drought disaster for most of Ga.

Nebraska drought price tag put at $342 million

Katrina Update: BP well hit by Hurricane Katrina is still leaking | UK ‘could suffer Katrina-style flooding’

Space News: NASA announces space shuttle Web and TV coverage for Aug. 27 launch

Space station lined up for golf stunt

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August 22, 2006

Tropical Depression Four forms in Atlantic; New York’s heat wave death toll at 36; Manitoba farmer saves pregnant wife from tornado; Storms bring hail to N.D.; Drought conditions prompt Okla. ranchers to sell off their cattle; Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes: Why we don’t prepare

Tropical Depression Four Forms In The Atlantic: Story and latest from the National Hurricane Center. The 5-day track has what is likely to become Hurricane Debby headed toward the Bermuda Islands by early next week. Be sure to check out our updated hurricane resources page for the latest forecasts and tracks.

Other Weather News: New York’s heat wave death toll hits 36

Manitoba farmer saves pregnant wife from tornado

Storms bring hail to parts of North Dakota

Drought conditions prompt Oklahoma ranchers to sell off their cattle

Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes … Why we don’t prepare

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August 21, 2006

‘Storm Stories: Postmark Katrina’ Review

Mail service is so reliable that it’s easy to take for granted. It is as important as food or water, however, to those who depend on their Social Security and other government checks, Veterans benefits or vital medications.

Hurricane Katrina hit just days before those checks were to be distributed to homes across the Gulf Coast.

“Storm Stories: Postmark Katrina,” which airs on The Weather Channel this Sunday night and follows Storm Stories’ “Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Special,” examines how the United States Postal Service dealt with the challenging task of restoring mail service to many along the battered Gulf Coast within three short days of Katrina’s hit.

The USPS had many obstacles: Some post office buildings were completely destroyed, one of them only recognizable by a lone flagpole amid a pile of rubble.

After a necessary break-in to salvage hundreds of pieces of undelivered mail in downtown New Orleans, the USPS scrambled to assemble all postal employees who survived the storm into the buildings that could still be used for mail service.

The USPS’ challenges that followed included a severe gas shortage, long lines of desperate people waiting for their checks and medications, communications issues, and the relocation of more than 400,000 evacuated people across the United States.

One way to bring people back together was a change of address system, which helped to reunite several families. U.S. postal inspectors also helped with FEMA checks that needed to be delivered to those displaced by Katrina.

Hurricane Rita posed a new challenge as workers struggled to restore service to New Orleans just weeks after Katrina roared ashore.

Plenty of powerful images and meaningful interviews make this episode of “Storm Stories” worth watching.

The episode, hosted by Weather Channel Meteorologist Jim Cantore, airs on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m. EDT, as a part of The Weather Channel’s special Katrina coverage that runs through Aug. 29. The “It Could Happen Tomorrow: Katrina Lost Episode” rebroadcast follows at 9 p.m. EDT. My review from June is here.

The Weather Channel’s Katrina coverage features live reports from meteorologists revisiting the Gulf Coast, and news segments including “Superdome: Then and Now” and the rebuilding of a flooded Ninth Ward home.

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Floods, mudslides close main links between Alaska’s 2 largest cities; Thousands of hurricane victims still living in trailers, others still waiting; Who’s to blame for Katrina’s aftermath?; Spike Lee’s Katrina film to air on HBO; Wildfires continue in W. Texas; Powerful quake hits S. Atlantic; Nepali women strip, plow to appease rain gods; Atlantis Launch on schedule after fix; CapitalWeather: Is NASA giving up on Earth?

Alaska Flooding: Floods, mudslides close main links between Alaska’s 2 largest cities

Katrina Update: Thousands of hurricane victims still living in trailers, others still waiting | Who’s to blame for Katrina’s aftermath? | Spike Lee’s Katrina film will air on HBO

Wildfires: Wildfires continue in West Texas

Quake Wire: Powerful quake hits S. Atlantic

World Weather: Nepali women strip and plow to appease rain gods

Space News: Atlantis Launch on schedule after fix | From CapitalWeather.com: Is NASA giving up on Earth?

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August 19, 2006

Shear luck hindering hurricanes, so far; Scientists disagree on link between storms, warming; Hurricane Recovery Fund set to meet Coast needs; Fla. to get $100M for storm aid; Texas gets funds for hurricanes; Summer ’06 moving on up for 100 degree days in DFW; Boston’s weekend weather up in the air; Astronomer upset at new planet proposal; NASA starts work on shuttle

Tropics: Shear luck hindering hurricanes — so far | Scientists disagree on link between storms, warming | Hurricane Recovery Fund is set to meet Coast needs | Florida to get $100 million for storm aid | Texas gets funds for hurricane double-whammy

Other Weather News: Summer of ’06 moving on up for 100 degree days in DFW | Boston’s weekend weather is up in the air

Space News: Astronomer upset at new planet proposal | NASA starts delicate shuttle work

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August 18, 2006

NOAA’s seasonal drought outlook updated through Nov.; Drought starts claiming C. Texas trees; TXU: Heat pushing electricity demand to breaking point; Active, ‘impressive’ monsoon brings flooding, some drought relief; N.M. on track for wettest summer ever; Tropical possibilities in Atlantic; Guard unable to deal with 2 hurricanes; No topical depression off Carolinas; Hurricane program sees huge response; Heavy rains flood several Neb. communities; Storms knock out power to 38,000 in S. Miss.; Quieter when snow falls?; Scientists collaborate on quake research; Chinese drought affects millions; Heavy rain in Japan; Spectacular meteor shower possible in 2007; Outspoken NASA advisers quit panel

NOAA Drought Map Update: NOAA’s seasonal drought outlook updated through Nov.

Drought News: Drought starts claiming Central Texas trees

TXU: Heat pushing electricity demand to breaking point

Monsoon ‘Impressive’: Active, ‘impressive’ monsoon brings flooding, some drought relief | N.M. on track for wettest summer ever: includes rain totals

Tropics: Tropical possibilities in the Atlantic | Guard unable to deal with 2 hurricanes | No topical depression off Carolinas | Hurricane program sees huge response

Other Weather News: Heavy rains flood several Nebraska communities

Storms knock out power to 38,000 in S. Mississippi

Is it quieter when snow falls?

Quake Wire: Scientists collaborate on quake research

World Weather: Chinese drought affects millions | Heavy rain pounds Japan, storm makes landfall

Space News: Spectacular meteor shower possible for 2007 | Outspoken NASA advisers quit panel

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August 17, 2006

Rain floods El Paso again; Heat wave death toll up to 31; In sweltering year, Central Texas broils; State needs unlikely extended rain, drought panel told; Another quake felt in S. Okla.; Hurricane center keeps eye on weather system; Spike Lee says New Orleans future uncertain; Wyoming wildfire threatens homes; Chinese complain of no typhoon warning, death toll at 319; Tropical storm nearing Japan, landfall likely; China power grids strained by heat, drought; Bolts may pose problem in shuttle launch; Plan would add planets to solar system

El Paso Floods Again: Rain floods El Paso — again

Heat: Heat wave death toll up to 31

In sweltering year, Central Texas broils

State needs unlikely extended rain, drought panel told

Quake Wire: Another earthquake felt in southern Oklahoma

Tropics: Hurricane center keeps eye on weather system

Spike Lee says New Orleans future uncertain

Wildfire: Wyoming wildfire threatens homes

World Weather: Chinese complain of no typhoon warning: Death toll at 319

Tropical storm nearing Japan, landfall likely

China power grids strained by heat, drought

Space News: Bolts may pose problem in shuttle launch

Plan would add planets to solar system

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August 16, 2006

Texas bakes in hottest summer; Study: Climate change strengthens hurricanes; New Orleans mayor halts landfill dumping; Homeowners lose Katrina insurance flood case; Bush declares El Paso a disaster area after floods; Downpour causes minor flooding in downtown Richmond; Heavy rain in Louisville; Rain fills Las Vegas reservoirs; Hundreds of homes evacuated as firefighters battle Casper, Wyo., blaze; Winter storm brings hail blanket to Sydney; Russian woman sues weather forecasters for ‘ruining her holiday’; Drought hits China’s Yangtze River area; 125 people killed as new flooding hits Ethiopia

Texas’ Hottest Summer: Texas bakes in hottest summer

Tropics: Study: Climate change strengthens hurricanes

New Orleans mayor halts landfill dumping

Homeowners lose Katrina insurance flood case

Flooding: Bush declares El Paso a disaster area after floods

Downpour causes minor flooding in downtown Richmond | Heavy rain in Louisville | Rain fills Las Vegas reservoirs

Wildfires: Hundreds of homes evacuated as firefighters battle Casper, Wyo., blaze

Sydney Winter Storm: After the warm spell, winter wallops Sydney | Storm brings hail blanket to Sydney

Woman Sues Forecasters For ‘Ruining Holiday’: Russian woman sues weather forecasters for “ruining her holiday”

Other World Weather News: Drought hits China’s Yangtze River area

125 people killed as new flooding hits Ethiopia

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