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Monday, September 01, 2008



That's a screen shot of the Central U.S. satellite image as of 8:30 p.m. Central Time. It's been looking like that for about the last four hours. I thought it was kind of interesting that the outer bands of Gustav are into Southern Illinois and Indiana, and well into Missouri. I don't remember it being like that after Katrina, or any other hurricane, for that matter. And, just for a geographical reference, it's 677 miles from St. Louis to New Orleans straight down I-55.

In other Gustav news, I've been following the Crab Apple Lane blog out of Bush, Louisiana. They decided to ride out the storm at home. He was blogging pretty consistently until 1:30 this afternoon, when his last words were, "Still relatively calm here." Since then, it's been quiet. He has a generator there, but may not be able to get to it. Of course, the generator won't help if their phones and internet are down. Sending good and positive thoughts and vibes to CrabAppleLane, and to all of the South.

Posted by Marie at September 1, 2008 9:44 PM


I happened to be in Chicago when Katrina was doing her thing, and I remember both windy weather and clouds that were attributed to the storm so far away. Here's a satellite view of the storm the day after it hit the Gulf coast and had moved up the lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys:


And here's a post from Tom Skilling's weather blog (read this and the previous one, "Tracking Katrina," which has a graphic): http://blogs.trb.com/news/weather/weblog/wgnweather/2005/08/katrinas_impact_here_ne_winds.html

Posted by: Dan at September 2, 2008 10:03 AM

Thanks, Dan. I should have known better than to trust my own weather memory. I do, however, remember walking 6 blocks in -20 degree temps in January of '82. I think.

Posted by: Marie at September 2, 2008 2:07 PM

Thanks, Marie. We lost our phone/DSL service just after that last post. It's still out.

Posted by: Rob at September 3, 2008 10:01 AM

Rob, good to hear from you. Hope that's all that went wrong. Good luck.

Posted by: Marie at September 3, 2008 5:39 PM