We’re using our unique vantage point in space to provide observations and data of Hurricane Irma and other tropical storms. Hurricanes Irma and Jose are seen here in a 12-hour long infrared loop. Scientists monitor storms in infrared to closely monitor clouds and storm intensity. We continue to provide satellite imagery for these storms, tracking its trajectory, force and precipitation to inform forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.
As these storms continue their westward drive in the coming days, they will be passing over waters that are warmer than 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit)—hot enough to sustain a category 5 storm. Warm oceans, along with low wind shear, are two key ingredients that fuel and sustain hurricanes.
Scientists have produced a preliminary map of the flooding in Houston from Tropical Storm Harvey.
The map doesn’t yet represent all the flooded areas, and for technical reasons, it likely understates the extent of flooding. But even this early analysis shows that flooding from Harvey extended well beyond the traditional flood plains mapped out by the federal government.
The map above was drawn with data from flood experts at the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. The researchers used radar imagery from two polar orbiting satellites taken on August 29. That imagery likely underestimates flooding because trees and buildings on the ground can obscure the view of flooding from space. The map should not be used for emergency services or insurance purposes.
((Heeeeeeey y’all. So here’s the rundown - our phone company was awesome enough to give all victims of Hurricane Irma free data for a few days, and even expanded that when it became evident how bad things actually were. But that window ends tonight, and we still don’t have power at home. So we’re going to have to be really prudent with phone usage.
I’ll probably get to poke in now and then when we swing by somewhere with WiFi, but there’s still no telling how much longer we’ll be blacked out. If there’s anyone waiting for a reply from me, PLEASE HANG IN THERE. XD;; I miss you guuuuuys. <33 It’s such a relief that we didn’t take on as much damage as we could’ve, definitely. But I think everyone is starting to get a wee bit punchy.
On September 20, today marking two weeks, Hurricane María made landfall in my island of Puerto Rico. Although terrible my experience with the Hurricane and it’s aftermath, I don’t want to come here and talk about the physical damage it made, but rather the extreme toll on my mental health.
After Hurricane Irma, that hit the island two weeks prior María, I had managed to maintain stability and push through 11 days without power and 12 days of only seeing my family members and not going crazy (lol). But, after Hurricane María, the story changed, too much.
I live with my older brother and grandmother. I was feeling trapped in my house because I couldn’t actually go out since a lamppost had fallen and the high tension electric cables were blocking the gate. Feelings of anxiety were slowing piling up, and then came along some feelings of depression. Even after the lamppost was removed and the cables moved, there wasn’t anywhere to go because streets hadn’t been cleaned out and we had to save on gas in case we had to drive because of an emergency.
My bother was toying around with the idea of buying a power plant, since it’s going to take months to restore power on the island (even though the progress so far is fairly quick so far). He asked me if I could pitch in half the money to buy one, which initially I said yes to, but upon better decision making, I opted out because I ultimately can’t afford even half a power plant, nonetheless it’s maintenance, oil and gasoline needed to power it. That was the moment when it all fell apart for me.
After me opting out, my brother started being verbally aggressive towards me and staring at me with eyes that I had only seen before in the eyes of my uncle - when I used to live with him, he verbally and mentally abused me since being a little kid.
After that, I constantly have panic attacks and I find myself crying in little moments of the day. I can’t call a friend because telecommunications still have not been restored. I can’t go out because streets are too crowded and either places are still closed or lines are too long for anything and also I get more anxious when I’m around too many people. I can’t contact my psychologist or go to their office. Communicating with friends and trusted people is very hard. I tried calling my local mental health/suicide prevention hotline and even though I made the call and they picked up, I couldn’t talk because i find it hard to express verbally my feelings and more so to a stranger.
Every day I feel too overwhelmed with simple tasks, and my chest feels tight and my headaches are constant, and even sometimes a thought of self harm flutters through my mind that I end up ignoring.
I’m only sharing this experience to show the other side of the coin. News talk about the physical loses, but many people have lost themselves too during this catastrophe.
Even though my house didn’t suffer any damage, I am still a victim Hurricane María and it’s chaos.
Has Hurricane Maria dealt Puerto Rico a death blow from which it will
never recover? The global climate engineering Manhattan project includes
the manipulation and steering of hurricanes which historical data
confirms the US military has been engaged in for over 70 years (since
Project Cirrus in 1947). Anyone who still doubts that the power
structure would use such covert weather weapons to suit their own
agenda, needs to recheck their reality. The accelerating climate and
biosphere implosion is forcing the hand of governments around the globe,
their desperation will increase on countless fronts. Anyone who still
believes the paradigm we have known will somehow continue indefinitely
in spite of it all, is in for a stark awakening soon. The current
conditions in Puerto Rico serve as an example of what the whole of
humanity is facing on the near term horizon if we remain on the current
The converging catastrophes we collectively face are nonlinear and
accelerating by the day. Now, more than ever, we must work together
toward the critical effort of waking the masses to all that is
You may read a lot this month about the population of New Orleans and the communities around it. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the metropolitan area has nearly 90,000 fewer people than when the 2000 census was taken. Based on that number alone, it looks like the region is about halfway down a long road to recovering all its lost population.
But there’s another way of thinking about these numbers that’s equally important: rates of change. The rates of demographic change in New Orleans reveal something surprising about the future of the place: As the large-scale return of population to the New Orleans area has tapered, pre-existing trends have picked up where they left off.
In fact, the rates of population change in the New Orleans area in 2013 and 2014 are incredibly similar to those in the years leading up to the storm. It turns out that one of the biggest disasters in American history – and a decade of major reconstruction – had little effect on the long-term population trends shaping the region: minority migration to the suburbs, a growing Hispanic community and more diversity overall.
To be sure, the New Orleans of tomorrow will not look like the New Orleans before Katrina. There are painful, permanent changes. Understanding how the population is shifting today will not bring back what was lost when the levees broke. But it is still important. According to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, understanding demographic changes is essential in order to plan for economic changes, tax policy and the number of children the city will need to educate.
For decades, New Orleans has struggled with a high murder rate. Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters forced a mass evacuation of the city. That upheaval and displacement led to a surge in violent crime as people returned.
Now, despite several years of declining violence, a new NPR-Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 64 percent of people who live in New Orleans say that a decade after Katrina, there has been little to no progress in controlling crime.
Despite those concerns, statistics show crime is actually down in New Orleans, and murder dropped for three years straight starting in 2011. In 2014, the city’s murder tally — at 150 — was the lowest it had been in more than 40 years.