Perusing the predictably long MetaFilter thread on Katrina, the Category 5 hurricane currently bearing down on New Orleans, I thought it might be worthwhile to stripmine it for links. Current projection has the storm, reportedly sporting 175mph winds, making landfall late Sunday night and hitting the city dead center. My thoughts are with the city, a unique American treasure.
I linked to these live webcams in NOLA already, but they are worth another link.
To get an idea of the seriousness of this impending event, skim though this academic paper evaluating what might have happened had hurricane Ivan made landfall at New Orleans.
Featured among the disaster’s predicted excreta are floating balls of fire ants.
Nova’s look at hurricanes includes a simulation of the tidal surge’s effects on the city basin.