Monday, June 1, 2015

Y@ Speak: #HurricanePrep

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 1:15 PM

As we all begin stocking up one gallon of water per family member per day (this is a thing we all do, right? right?), we bless the rains down in Everywhere, talk about gentrification, and prepare for a summer full of Hurricane Katrina and federal flood retrospectives. Also this week: the unmasking of everyone's favorite turnt up governor @notBobbyJindal.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Y@ Speak: skywriters in flight, afternoon delight

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM

A skywriter clogged everyone's Instagram feeds as if one person's sky was different from everyone else's, Jazz Fest concluded its second weekend with a small country of crowds, and hey, remember when it rained terrifyingly hard and a train fell off a bridge? Good times. Also in this week's Twitter roundup: libraries, New Orleans Saints news and a vandalized St. Roch Market.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Proteus, Orpheus to roll early on Lundi Gras; bad weather expected late Monday

Posted By on Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 4:21 PM

2014's Fat Tuesday was a wet, miserable affair — and 2015's Lundi Gras night is shaping up to be the same if current forecasts prove true. - CREATIVE COMMONS/INFROGMATION
  • 2014's Fat Tuesday was a wet, miserable affair — and 2015's Lundi Gras night is shaping up to be the same if current forecasts prove true.

The CIty of New Orleans announced this afternoon that both the Krewe of Proteus and the Krewe of Orpheus are moving up the start times for their Lundi Gras parades in anticipation of bad weather later in the evening. Proteus now will roll at 4 p.m., with Orpheus following at 4:45 p.m.

UPDATE: The city has announced a slight route change; both parades will turn right at Canal Street from St. Charles Avenue, then continue their normal route.

The ceremonial arrivals of Rex and Zulu at Spanish Plaza haven't been altered — yet. But check tomorrow before heading to Spanish Plaza. No one wants a wet, miserable Lundi Gras like last year's wet, miserable Mardi Gras, and current forecasts for Monday night include 37-degree temperatures with a 90 percent chance of rain in metro New Orleans.

For the most recent news, check the City of New Orleans' Mardi Gras website.

The city's press release under the jump...

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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
  • 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



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
  • 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 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

  • Louisiana State Police

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
  • 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 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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