Weather Nerd

Westward ho?

Maybe the forecast track will shift overnight more than I thought: the Houston Chronicle’s Eric Berger now sees a Texas trend in the computer models.

However, unless we see the models start to “cluster” — and there’s no sign of that yet — I suspect there won’t be enough certainty in the forecast, even if the official track does shift westward, to forestall the necessity of full-scale New Orleans evacuations tomorrow.

Speaking of which, I haven’t had time to closely follow the local news in New Orleans, but the Times-Picayune’s New Orleans Hurricane Center is doing an excellent job of tracking everything. It should be your first stop if you want to know what’s happening in the Big Easy.

Anyway… Gustav is now up to 80 mph, as of 8pm EDT. I’ll probably post another update shortly after the 11pm EDT advisory. I’ll also be adding some new resources to my blogroll, so stay tuned for that. And in fact, if you have suggestions for blogroll links — blogs, news sites, or other resources with regularly updated, quality information about Gustav — please leave ’em in comments.