Galveston is below sea level?Originally Posted by Caine
No, the levies wouldn't have prevented Hurricane Katrina, but if the levies had of held the damage and deaths wouldn't have been anywhere near as severe as it was, especially in the 9th ward.Originally Posted by Caine
If you want to see the devastation of a storm surge, at the link below are some before and after pictures of Bolivar after Hurricane Ike 3 years ago.
Hurricane Ike Before and After Pictures
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.” - George W. Bush
Turns out, it was essentially the prediction data that was off. The media simply responded to the information given.
Weather forecasting is still a rather inexact science. There's an old saying that a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon can ultimately create a tornado in Texas. While that isn't entirely true, the point is that in a chaotic system such as weather, even a miniscule change in the initial conditions can have a huge effect on the eventual outcome. That's why weather forecasts more than three days out are highly unreliable, even with as much computing power as we have nowadays.
That being said, I maintain my position that it is always better to overestimate a storm than to underestimate it.
Just ask the residents of Vermont.
The prediction data was pretty damned accurate, all told. Nailed the course, missed the intensity by about 10mph.