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Thursday, July 3, 2014

New websites show the scary effects rising sea levels will have on New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

A projection of what New Orleans would look like if sea levels rose one meter
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  • A projection of what New Orleans would look like if sea levels rose one meter

Via the Washington Post comes this scary image of what downtown New Orleans would possibly look like if global sea levels rose by a meter. As you can see, tailgating for Saints games will become an amphibious affair. The map was produced by the Tumblr site #DrownYourTown and you can check out what could potentially happen to cities like New York City, Washington D.C. and even inland metro areas like Pittsburgh.

Granted, the #DrownYourTown maps happen to forecast mostly worst-case scenarios for most cities. The New Orleans map is modeled on a one-meter rise in sea level, which according to the EPA won't happen until after the year 2050. But before you go dismissing these images as internet fear-mongering, remember that this is actually old news for Louisiana. As The Lens reported in February 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that Louisiana will see the "highest level of sea-level rise on the planet".

The entire article is worth a read if you want a quick, albeit sort of depressing, look at the future of Louisiana's coastline. But while disappearing wetlands has long been a concern to this state, severe weather over the past two decades has prompted other states to adopt more sophisticated coastline mapping technologies. Per the Post article:

After Hurricane Floyd practically leveled the [North Carolina] in 1999, the state legislature ponied up cash to become the first state in the nation mapped through a new process called lidar.

Lidar — which stands for Light Detection and Ranging — uses airborne lasers to examine the surface of the earth and produce uncommonly detailed and accurate elevation maps. The technology is so revolutionary, it has been credited with locating the legendary Lost City of the Monkey God in an otherwise impenetrable Central American rain forest.

North Carolina is not alone in trying to map out and plan for rising sea levels. In January 2013, Virginia commissioned a study on the potential dangers posed to the state by rising sea levels. In addition, the NOAA has its own interactive map that displays lidar measurements and helps people gauge property damage caused by rising sea levels, though it takes some patience to figure out. Climate Central's Surging Seas website has a simpler version with a clearer picture of what would happen to the New Orleans metro area.

Unfortunately, all of these maps have one thing in common: they show New Orleans being scarily susceptible to serious damage due to rising sea levels. Considering the type of flooding this city seas during heavy rains, it's enough to make you run for the hills (if we had any to run to, that is).

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Y@ Speak: Carnival Time Lord

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 1:45 PM

As Mardi Gras 2014 nears, let's look back at the first week of parades — and towed cars, electioneering, sci-fi nerd alerts and a French Quarter's eau de wet dog. Also: Kevin Hart eats chicken and Margaret Orr takes a selfie. Bonus: Dumpsters, Neutral Milk Hotel and gutterpunk advice.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Y@ Speak: New Orleans On Ice

Posted By on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM

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Ah, winter in New Orleans. An Ice Capades of children making snowmen with sleet, icicles dangling from shotgun porches and hot toddies. Also: panic over road closures, Drew Brees accidentally stabbing former mayors, the same former mayor going on trial, Mackels wearing scrunchies, and election day meltdowns. We have all that and more in this week's Y@ Speak: ON ICE.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winter Storm 2014: Jan. 29 updates

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The Sneauxpocalypse. - YVONNE LOISELLE
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  • The Sneauxpocalypse.

After a day and night of freezing temperatures and the infamous "wintry mix" of sleet, freezing rain and snow flurries around south Louisiana, the National Weather Service has canceled the winter storm warning. City officials regrouped this morning with updates and a report from the day's rare weather events — with a warning that icy conditions and a hard freeze warning will last until 9 a.m. tomorrow. An update on school, government and road closures is expected by 3 p.m. today.

"The sun will not be out to melt the ice," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. While temperatures are expected to rise slightly from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., they'll plunge again tonight, and today's cloud cover won't help melt any ice on roads and bridges. Landrieu and other officials warned residents to stay off the roads. "Take the risk if you like, but the risk is very, very high," Landrieu said.

The New Orleans Police Department responded to 59 accidents last night, 24 of which required EMS attention. Two accidents involved cars swerving into waterways to avoid pedestrians. The New Orleans Fire Department responded to one fire, started by a space heater. NOFD chief Timothy McConnell once again warned residents to use space heaters in well-ventilated areas.

Area shelters helped more than 700 people escape the cold last night. The city has reactivated its freeze plan for the homeless.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport director Iftikhar Ahmad said some flights are departing but to check with airlines before heading to MSY — and to use Airline Highway as an alternate route to the airport.

"We're not finished yet," Landrieu said. "We're still in harm's way, according to the National Weather Service."

Follow @nolaready on Twitter for city updates, and visit nola.ready.gov for a complete list of openings and closures. Below is a list of current road closures from the Louisiana State Police:

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Winter Storm 2014: Jan. 28 updates

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials urge New Orleans to stay indoors today and possibly tomorrow or through Thursday as a winter storm of freezing rain and sleet heads south. Officials say weather will hit at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

"Residents must be prepared for what is definitely coming our way," Landrieu said. "Two things are going to happen today: it's going to get colder, and it's going to get wet."

Officials warned drivers to stay of the roads unless it's an emergency as ice falls from trees and powerlines and develops on roads. "Don't let the conditions right now fool you," said New Orleans Police Department chief Ronal Serpas. "Rain, ice and standing ice are on the way."

All flights out of Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport are canceled today and possibly tomorrow. The last flight of today left at 11 a.m. Airport director Iftikhar Ahmad said they hope to resume flights Thursday.

Below is a recap of the city's response with a list of numbers and contacts:

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Winter Storm 2014: all you need to know

Posted By and on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 4:02 AM

Lines form at Rouses Market on Tchoupitoulas Street as New Orleanians shop and prepare to hunker down for an upcoming storm expected to bring sleet and ice to the metro area Tuesday. - ANNENE KAYE
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  • Lines form at Rouses Market on Tchoupitoulas Street as New Orleanians shop and prepare to hunker down for an upcoming storm expected to bring sleet and ice to the metro area Tuesday.



A winter storm warning is in effect for New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Gambit will continue to update this post as information comes in.

An arctic cold front is on its way bringing with it northerly winds, freezing rain, sleet and possibly snow over the next two days, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Mayor Mitch Landrieu has issued a declaration of emergency to prepare for the worst.

For up-to-the-minute news on New Orleans emergency services, go to ready.nola.gov or follow @NOLAReady on Twitter

Here's the city's official statement, complete with emergency numbers, safety tips and possible road and bridge closures.


Roads and bridges will be icy, and the NWS is cautioning drivers to be cautious driving, or notto drive at all. Power outages will also be a possibility in areas where ice accumulates. Entergy New Orleans says potential outages could last between three to five days.

New Orleans City Hall will be closed for the next two days, as will city services and libraries. Jefferson Parish government offices and libraries will be closed Tuesday. Schools in Jefferson and Orleans Parish, including both the public schools and the RSD, are closed.The bus will replace streetcar routes. All Audubon Institute attractions are closed tomorrow.

Flights in and out of New Orleans could be canceled over the next two days. Check with your airline.

Here's a list of local meteorologists and emergency service Twitter handles to follow for updates.

Below the jump: a list of emergency numbers and websites from City Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

City details preparedness plans, issues list of closures and emergency numbers in advance of storm

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 5:53 PM

New Orleans officials and emergency managers briefed the public Monday afternoon about the approaching winter storm.
  • New Orleans officials and emergency managers briefed the public Monday afternoon about the approaching winter storm.


After this afternoon's press conference about the winter storm expected to hit southern Louisiana Tuesday and Wednesday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office detailed the city's emergency plans.

Below the jump: information about the city's freeze plan, precautions to take, possible road and bridge closures and important numbers to know.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks — and Derek Kevra's weekend forecast (with special guest Pippa the Piano-Playing Chicken)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Weekend weather and weekend entertainment picks! First, the Gambit-cast with our friend Derek Kevra. Note that the numbers on the 7-Day go from 78 degrees to 37 degrees:

"Like Odell Beckham Jr. this weekend's weather is all over the place! On Friday we'll have highs near 80 with mostly cloudy skies and a decent chance for scattered showers. That chance goes up on Saturday, as a cold front passes through, making for a wet Saturday. Temperatures will then plummet behind the front, as the wind picks up. Sunday will be partly cloudy, dry, but very cold thanks to a strong north wind. And speaking of Odell, plan on showers in Baton Rouge."

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Under the jump: Noah Bonaparte Pais and Eric Paulsen with some stuff to do this weekend, including the Xavier University Scholarship Benefit Concert with Bill Cosby, the Commodores and En Vogue; Lost Bayou Ramblers at Siberia; Blue is the Warmest Color; the New Orleans Fringe Festival; and more ... plus a bonus video of Pippa the piano-playing chicken.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks — and Derek Kevra's weekend forecast

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Here comes the weekend, and WWL-TV's Derek Kevra has your Gambit-cast, while Noah Bonaparte Pais takes care of the entertainment picks. First, Derek, who is excited about some gators:

"Folks that are planning to head out to the Holy Name of Jesus Gator Fest this weekend are in store for some nice weather! Friday evening will be cool and breezy, with temps falling into the 50s. Make sure to grab a jacket. Saturday and Sunday look very pleasant with afternoon highs in the 70s and a small chance for showers on Sunday. Get out and enjoy yourself some Gator Fest!"

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If you're not quite so much into gators as Derek is, let Noah steer you toward other pursuits, including Hair at Le Petit Theatre, Laura Marling at the Civic Theater, Lebowski Fest at the Howlin' Wolf and lots more:



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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks — and Derek Kevra's spooooky Halloween forecast

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM

It's Halloween, and we have Rob Ryan, Flo from Progressive Insurance, Strawberry Shortcake, a 610 Stomper, various witches, Shaun of the Dead and Lisa Turtle from Saved by the Bell wandering around our office. But rain is in the forecast, so we got the twerk-or-treat 411 from WWL-TV meteorologist Derek Kevra:

"In general, the weekend looks like a wonderful fall showcase, but there are a few details to point out. Some showers are still possible early Friday afternoon, but the rest of the weekend will be dry. Voodoo goers should plan on a soggy ground for Friday and outside of the hours 11AM-4PM, some cooler temps, especially at night. If you're planning on being there overnight, bring a jacket. Don't say I didn't warn ya!."

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This weekend's big news, of course, is the Voodoo Music Experience (check our complete preview, schedule and maps here), but there's also Chelsea Light Moving at One Eyed Jacks, 12 Years a Slave (our review; Ken Korman says it may be the best movie of 2013), The Mountaintop at Anthony Bean Community Theater (our preview); and lots more. Noah Bonaparte Pais explains it all to Eric Paulsen:



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