Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A 'Weather Nerd' in Indiana Sent a Warning to the Mayor

One of the earliest and perhaps clearest alarms about Hurricane Katrina's potential threat to New Orleans was sounded not by the Weather Channel or a government agency but by a self-described weather nerd sitting on a couch in Indiana with a laptop computer and a remote control

"At the risk of being alarmist, we could be 3-4 days away from an unprecedented cataclysm that could kill as many as 100,000 people in New Orleans," Brendan Loy, who is 23 and has no formal meteorological training, wrote on Aug. 26 in his blog, irishtrojan.com.

"If I were in New Orleans, I would seriously consider getting the hell out of Dodge right now, just in case." [NYT]

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