On this episode, we begin a deep-dive on some of the most devastating hurricanes (officially-named storms only) of the last century. From Camille in '69 to Sandy in '12 (that's a weird way to write that), we look at the impacts these storms had on human life, our economy, governance, emergency response, and the culture. This one's less goofy than other one's we've done, but there's some damn-fine analysis and Wikipedia reading going on. Also, Becky explains why these storms behaved the way they did, and since she knows what she's talking about, you'll probably learn a lot!
Small topics, News, & Follow-up:
- Joel thinks Astrological seasons are stupid and we should all just agree to follow Meteorological seasons.
- Jimmy thinks Joel is anti-galaxy.
- DC Metro area, and parts of the east coast are in a rain deficit over the last couple of months.
- This event has the potential to make up a lot of that rain shortfall
- Potential flooding if the event verifies on the larger side of what the models are estimating
- The track of the storm has a lot of potential for strengthening.
- Should continue west until this weekend and then make a turn to the north.
- Question is: Will it turn sooner, and hit Haiti, or will it turn later, miss Jamaica and hit Cuba (and then Florida later on)
Main Topic: Most “Impactful” Hurricanes in modern history
- Radiolab - “Playing God”
- Track of Katrina
- Photo from a NOAA WP-3D Hurricane Hunter aircraft from inside Katrina’s eye
- Track of Wilma
- Records Wilma set
- Wilma went from being a Tropical Storm to a Category 5 Hurricane in 16 hours
Closing music: "Hurricane" from the musical Hamilton