If you’re thinking about Hurricane Katrina as it heads right at New Orleans, here are a few useful links:
An on-line check-in form for those whose relatives might be looking for them. (There are probably many more of these–first gather the data, then aggregate it.)
Real-time satellite imagery. The alt tag on the big image says “latest colorized GOES-EAST image”, which would make this visible spectrum imaging. GOES-12 also has four channels of IR.
IR from GOES. The color choice on this image is arbitrary, while the image on the link above is naturalistic. I’m not sure whether it’s their color scheme or just that the scheme is unnatural that it creeps me out so much more than the realistic image above.
The National Hurricane Center. Many links to interesting views of weather data from this page–and remember, all federally-financed data is public domain, so someone out there is doing something interesting with it that’s not on this site. This one for strike probabilities is downright scary–this experimental one isn’t so bad. Scale has a lot to do with it–it’s scarier once you zoom in.
National Weather Service warnings. Look for the ones labeled
WWUS74 KLIX 281550 for a truly frightening message.
Katrina: Not your usual weather disaster story. Several of the links here were found on Making Light, an exceptionally good weblog run by Teresa (moderator, co-author) and Patrick Nielsen-Hayden (co-author). This post of Teresa’s drew so many wonderful replies, including this one, which not only moved me but has an O’Reilly connection.
Is there anything to do but watch? Have you seen an example of something to do?