CHAPTER 16: HURRICANE KATRINA – OWEN GREGORY AND NEIL SWINYARD-JORDAN

‘Judges can show mercy, but against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.’ – Arthur C. Clarke.

The annual American hurricane season officially runs from 1 June to the end of November. In recent years forecasting has been much improved via the National Hurricane Center (NHC). A broader range of scientific and statistical information has been collected annually, refining the evolving forecasting model. It contains data from 1954 onward and not only facilitates longer-range forecasting but a greater degree of accuracy over the intensity of the storms.

As early as May 2005 scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggested that the 2005 hurricane ...

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