Pat Shingleton: "A Look Back to Two Storms..."
As the massive recovery effort is underway in Texas, a "rewind" to archived columns and a couple of storms that have impacted us. The first is the worst hurricane to hit Baton Rouge..."A battle is underway between a high pressure ridge sliding into Tennessee and Hurricane Gustav, moving into the Gulf. What comes into play, in this scenario, is the exact point of landfall from this storm and the intensity of the storm when it hits. Hurricane Gustav, on its current course and speed, should enter the Gulf after Midnight tonight. By Noon on Sunday the model runs will come into agreement, verifying landfall and strength. The battle will set-up between the high and whether it drifts south and if Gustav outruns the high. Should the two interact, the storm slows parks offshore and creates a possible rain event that could mirror a combination of Andrew and Tropical Storm Allison." Another column returns to the worst case scenario for New Orlenas. "After 48 hours of coverage of this devastating, catastrophic and unfortunate storm, some comments. In every hurricane conference that I have attended, the New Orleans scenario has been displayed. The worst-case scenario Monday morning played-out to the almost exact expectations of the Hurricane Center in Miami. Numerous storms have skirted and hit New Orleans. They include the October 10, 1837 Hurricane, the September 22, 1909 Hurricane, the October 2, 1915 Hurricane and the September 6, 1948 Hurricane. The named storms include Hilda in October of 1964, Betsy on September 12, 1965, Fern in September of 1971, Bob on July 12, 1979, Elena on September 2, 1965, Juan on October 29, 1985 and Florence on September 9,1988. Thanks to all who responded to our unprecedented coverage of Hurricane Katrina; in conjunction with WGNO in New Orleans and my friend Bruce Katz it was a unique perspective for New Orleaneans in Baton Rouge that were weathering the storm..."