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    Hurricane Katrina Redux

    By Jesse Ferrell, Meteorologist/Community Director
    8/31/2010, 10:56:50 AM

    UPDATE: Also check out this NASA satellite retrospective of their best images from the storm.

    After writing my initial look back at Hurricane Katrina earlier this week, a couple items have come to the surface that I wanted to point out. First, we have done a news story and a couple of videos (one of which is shown below) for the 5-year retrospective. Also here's a new graphic that we've made:


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    Second, I read the chapters on Katrina in Mike Smith's book "Warnings." Because the disaster, and the blame game, took so long to transpire, and it's been so long, I didn't really have in my head where the personnel failures had taken place. Mike has some great insight into that and it was a good refresher. But don't take my word for it, here's a portion of a review by R&B Blog:

    Not surprisingly, the most critical event in the book is Hurricane Katrina. Among other things we learn what could go wrong with the forecasts’ timely releases, what did go wrong and why, and how they tried to get the evacuation process going while there was still time. The survivors were literally 'hung out to dry' as buck-passing and meals in high end restaurants took precedent over people. How many more could have survived if it weren't for the bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo and selfishness? The night of August 31, 2005 should be etched in their memories forever as deaths of survivors began to pile up. If bureaucracy hadn't fumbled the ball, the meteorological scientists would have netted it.

    Next, the National Weather Service in New Orleans has created a nice interactive map showing damage photos, make sure to check it out.


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    Doug Kiesling and Chris Collura are storm chasers who were there for Katrina and her aftermath. Their video "Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Special" is streaming all weekend on ChaserTV.com. It has some of the best footage from the storm and the destruction afterwards -- much more than you'll see from the major news sources on-air. It truly brings back the extreme experience of the storm.

    Jesse Ferrell


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    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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