Weather Nerd

Weather Nerd: The Next Generation

If I can be permitted a brief personal aside… today was a momentous day in the Loy household. Our eldest daughter (of 3), age 4 1/2, started kindergarten. Then, because she’s taken an interest in Isaac — she’s a huge Daddy’s Girl; she pretty much takes an interest in everything I do — I asked if she wanted to make a hurricane tracking chart. She was thrilled with the idea. So, without further ado, I give you the new kindergartner’s first ever tracking chart:


I wrote the dots; she drew the lines. You’ll note she decided to spare Haiti a direct hit. I don’t think she realized that the hurricane’s track actually is allowed to go over land. Too bad it doesn’t work that way in real life!

She was also curious about how storm surge works, so I gave her & her little sisters (ages 3 and 1) a demonstration using a hose, their back-yard water table, and some grapes (playing the role of houses on the waterfront):


Hopefully the folks in the lowest grape got the Hell out!

As I wrote on Twitter, “Out: SLOSH model. In: LFSSWT (Loy Family Storm Surge Water Table). The latest in grape-based surge modeling technology.”

So, there you go. I don’t mean to make light of Isaac; I just wanted to give y’all a little window into my world. :) Many of my Isaac updates and tweets have been written amid the chaos of the under-5 set. Good times.

I’ll have more on the storm shortly. Reader’s Digest version: it’s still not quite a hurricane; almost, maybe in an hour, but not yet. Those prayers to the Patron Saint of Dry Air are working, NOLA. Keep it up.