The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-13 satellite spied the landfalls, and an animation made from its observations covers the period from Aug. 27 through early today (Aug. 29). A visible light image from the satellite spied the first landfall as sunlight was fading over the United States. … [Read more...] about Satellites See Isaac Make Landfall Over Louisiana
The storm came ashore as a Category 1 hurricane along the coast of southeastern Louisiana as expected. It made official landfall over a small spit of land near the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Weather Channel has reported. The eye of the storm is back over water and Isaac will make a second landfall tonight. … [Read more...] about Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall
Isaac hit the Gulf Coast along a track moving from southeast to northwest. Since hurricanes and tropical storms spin counterclockwise (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), Louisiana lay in the path of the winds as they swung northward and westward, allowing the storm to push even more ocean water toward land. In that situation, a tropical cyclone "will pile up more water," Henson said. … [Read more...] about Isaac’s Impacts: Destruction from ‘Just a Cat 1’ Storm
The 2011 season affected the Mid-Atlantic more than the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Irene, the first hurricane to hit the United States since Ike hit Texas in 2008, socked the East Coast. The storm caused $7 billion in damage and became the worst tropical cyclone to strike the Northeast since Hurricane Bob in 1991. Tropical cyclone is the generic term for tropical storms and hurricanes. … [Read more...] about Active 2011 Hurricane Season Comes to an End
In Mississippi, mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of Hancock and Jackson counties, and port authorities ordered the port cleared of cargo vessels. Finally, in Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley ordered an evacuation of parts of Baldwin and Mobile counties, while residents in other low-lying or flood-prone areas have been urged to leave voluntarily. The Alabama evacuation orders have since been lifted, according to the Weather Channel, as the threat of Isaac has trended westward. … [Read more...] about Isaac vs. Katrina: How Do They Compare?