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Remembering Hurricane Katrina with New Graphics

August 28, 2013; 1:13 PM ET

Every few years on the anniversary, I take a look back at Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was the first time I had blogged for AccuWeather (see this retrospective I did in 2010) and you can see a complete list of my live blog entries in this 2006 recap. Throughout this entry, I'll showcase three of our new high-res graphics about the storm (click to enlarge).

You can see additional graphics, stats and photos from the storm in my retrospective 2006 blog entitled "Katrina Hurricane Facts, Photos" and "Hurricane Katrina Redux." Also be sure to check out my blog about lightning in Hurricane Katrina.

The media coverage of Hurricane Katrina was obviously a big deal. It was the first test of a major weather disaster in the Internet era. The video below, from my personal VHS archives, shows the coverage from many of the national news networks. In this video, you'll see a number of erroneous reports, including that New Orleans had escaped unscathed.

You can also download worldwide Hurricane Katrina newspapers from the Newseum archive. Framed TIME Magazine covers about the storm can also be ordered from their website.

It was also one of AccuWeather's first attempts to send reporters into the storm. I have recently restored a page of dozens of photos that our photographers took on the way to the storm (aerial), damage shots from the ground and more from the flight back.

Some images you might have not seen before:

"A still from a visualization created by a team of researchers from the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) showing the dramatic evolution of Hurricane Katrina."

This 3-D view of the storm can be downloaded from NASA's Hurricane Katrina page:

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Jesse Ferrell's WeatherMatrix blog covers extreme weather worldwide with a concentration on weather photos and Social Media.