By Paul Douglas
It's been 7 years since a major hurricane hit the USA (Katrina in 2005). Officials are increasingly worried about apathy. Instead of evacuating inland residents of threatened barrier islands decide to stay put, ride out the storm, take their chances. A hurricane party! Their worst fear: A Category 1 hurricane lulls people into a false sense of complacency. Overnight the hurricane explodes into a 3 or 4, but it's too late to evacuate the people who decided to stay put.
This nightmare scenario almost played out 1995. "Opal" mutated from a Category 1 to a 4 - overnight. At the last moment tens of thousands of Floridians jammed interstates. It was gridlock; people abandoning vehicles to reach higher ground on foot! A catastrophe was narrowly averted.
Isaac will probably take the westerly wobble I described yesterday: the ECMWF brings it into Louisiana, maybe Galveston, as a major hurricane late Wednesday. Florida should avoid the worst of the storm. Maybe they'll get the RNC in, after all.
No hurricanes on Lake Calhoun. We may hit 90 today; T-storms rumble in late Saturday. Sunday looks like the sunnier, drier day for the State Fair. Yes, I'm counting my (atmospheric) blessings.
FRIDAY: Lingering shower/storm early? Warm, hazy PM sun . Dew point: 66. High: 88
FRIDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds, Isolated showers/storms develop late. Low: 68
SATURDAY: Wetter day of the weekend. A few drips early? Fading PM sunshine with more storms developing. High: 83
SUNDAY: Stikcy start, looking better by late afternoon. Low: 64. High: 81
MONDAY: Nice day at the Fair! Comfortable AM sunshine with more PM clouds. Low: 62. High: 82
TUESDAY: Pleasant, nothing rough. Low: 62. High: 82
WEDNESDAY: Storm system blows through with a slight chance of rain/thunder. Low: 65. High: 85.
THURSDAY: Slight chance of a shower/storm up north. Low: 66. High: 85