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Archives for August, 2008

Down to the Wire With Gustav

There is so much to worry about with this storm…and also, just maybe, a ray of hope. Gustav has not explosively intensified over the Gulf of Mexico loop current, as feared. It is now a 100 knot Category 3 storm, with some intensification forecast before landfall, but not too, too much. Meanwhile, the landfall forecast…

In November, 2007, a small group of six citizens – two screenwriters, a physicist, a philosopher, and Chris and I – began working to restore science and innovation to America’s political dialogue in an initiative called ScienceDebate2008. Within weeks, more than 38,000 scientists, engineers, and other concerned Americans signed on, including nearly every major American…

Gustav Hits Category 4…

The latest report is that maximum sustained winds have jumped all the way up to 125 knots. Frankly, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Category 5 at some point on Gustav’s highly ocean-heat laden journey. I just talked to the family in New Orleans. They are in Pensacola, and headed to Atlanta….

Until then, try to guess what we have to tell you….

Are We Ready For Gustav?

Gustav is now a major hurricane headed toward Louisiana with estimated surface winds of 120 mph. He’s expected to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday. Values of Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential (TCHP) over 80 are often associated with rapid intensification of hurricanes. More from Jeff Masters.

We knew Katrina was coming and now Hurricane Gustav looks set to get uncomfortably close to New Orleans. While models suggest Gustav will just miss the city, Jeff Masters has advised residents to leave given the small chance of a Category 3 storm surge. More at the National Hurricane Center.

McCain Picks Palin

Sarah Palin is McCain’s running mate. As I wrote yesterday, with less than two years in office, her nomination undercuts his central criticism of his opponent — that Obama is too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief. As a relatively young woman, she may draw a necessary demographic and conservatives will be pleased she is opposed to…

In January of 2003, I sat in Joe Kelley’s seminar at the University of Maine as he foretold the devastation that was to come to New Orleans. I’d never heard this chilling story before and listened intently as he explained that as far back as when The Big Easy flooded in the 1920′s, scientists realized…

As I watched Obama deliver his acceptance address tonight, I sensed the growing optimism across the nation. And I’m not alone. Andrew Sullivan eloquently describes his speech: It was a deeply substantive speech, full of policy detail, full of people other than the candidate, centered overwhelmingly on domestic economic anxiety. It was a liberal speech,…

In presidential campaigns, there’s a tradition of allowing one’s opponent a clear run on the night they accept their party’s nomination. This time, McCain plans to air an ad congratulating Obama as he accepts the presidential nomination. Also for several hours we’ve been hearing rumors that the name of the Republican VP pick will be…