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Satellite Captures Stunning Shot of Hurricane Isaac Lit by Moonlight


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center just published this stunning image of Hurricane Isaac over the United States:

Early on August 28, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi-NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of Tropical Storm Isaac and the cities near the Gulf Coast of the United States. The image was acquired just after local midnight by the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses light intensification to enable the detection of dim signals. In this case, the clouds of Isaac were lit by moonlight.

In other Isaac news, the storm will continue to beat the gulf coastwell into Thursday:

As of 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET), Isaac's maximum sustained winds were at 75 miles per hour -- barely hurricane strength, which begins at 74 mph. The storm was centered "very near" Houma, Louisiana, and about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans, the hurricane center said. It continued to move northwest slowly, at only 6 mph, allowing for an extended, relentless lashing of much of the Gulf Coast.

The center of the storm "will move father inland over Louisiana today and tomorrow, and over southern by Arkansas early Friday," the hurricane center said.

 Isaac could bring 14 inches of rain, and as much as 20 inches are possible, the hurricane center said.
Forecasters predict Isaac will continue to weaken as it moves over land during the next 48 hours, but threats of dangerous storm surges and flooding will continue through Wednesday night, the hurricane center said.

Buzzfeed has an interesting comparison up on government response vs. that during Katrina. And Business Insider has a set of images collected during the storm thus far.

Stephen Colbert Explains How the Gays Created Hurricane Isaac to Destroy the GOP Convention: VIDEO


Stephen Colbert took on the Republican National Convention and the coincidence of Hurricane Isaac last night:

"Hurricanes form from rising moisture created by hot steamy man action aboard a gay Caribbean cruise. When that sin gets high enough it makes the angels cry and those tears fall to earth in the form of massive precipitation because homosexuals are a vital part of the water cycle. That's why the gay symbol is a rainbow!"

Added Colbert: "So clearly the liberal gays out there planned the storm by gaying it up extra hard someplace."


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Isaac Now Officially Category 1 Hurricane


Isaac has turned from a tropical storm into a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds, the AP reports:

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Isaac gained strength as it moved over the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Isaac is expected to make landfall over southeastern Louisiana, possibly the New Orleans area, either late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Rush Limbaugh: Obama Might Have Manipulated Hurricane Data to Ruin GOP Convention

Rush Limbaugh is "not alleging conspiracies" but notes that the National Hurricane Center is under the auspices of the Commerce Department, and just might have plotted the hurricane's path in order to influence decision-making by the Republican Party regarding this week's convention, Think Progress reports.

LimbaughSaid Limbaugh:

“And I noticed that the hurricane center’s track is — and I’m not alleging conspiracies here. The hurricane center is the regime; the hurricane center is the Commerce Department...It’s the government. It’s Obama....

...Okay, 6:45 p.m. Saturday night the Republicans announce that they’re canceling Monday. At 6:45 p.m. Saturday night, everybody is still under the impression that Isaac is making a beeline for very close to Tampa. It was an hour and 15 minutes later that the eight p.m. model runs showed New Orleans. I’m alleging no conspiracy. I’m just telling you, folks, when you put this all together in this timeline, I’m telling you, it’s unbelievable."

Listen to a clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Pastor: We Successfully Prayed Hurricane Away from Tampa


Reverend Jesten Peters of Keys of Authority Ministries told the Christian Broadcasting Network that her organization successfully prayed Isaac away from Tampa, Right Wing Watch reports.

Said Peters:

"We have had lots and lots of people praying around the clock that it would move, and after you watch from the very beginning where they were saying it was coming and now where they say it is going, then it has really moved out of the way for us and we appreciate God doing that and moving it for us!"


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Strengthening Isaac Storms Toward Gulf Coast, Still Presents Threat to GOP: VIDEO


Nearly seven years to the date, Tropical Storm Isaac appears headed as a category 2 or 3 hurricane for the exact same region devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Louisiana and Alabama have both declared states of emergency as the entire area from east of Morgan City, Louisiana, to Destin on the Florida Panhandle is under a hurricane warning.

The NYT Caucus looks at the nightmare it presents for Republicans, aside from having the first day of the GOP convention pushed:

Searing images of wind-damaged homes, flooding and mass evacuations — all fraught with the memory of Hurricane Katrina — may well compete on television with Mr. Romney’s bid to seize the initiative in his battle with President Obama for the White House.

“Images of revelry by Republicans at a time of suffering by other Americans — no party wants those optics,” said Steve Schmidt, who helped lead Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “You have terrible awareness of all that stuff.”

Four years ago, Mr. Schmidt and other Republicans postponed the first day of the Republican convention in Minneapolis as an even larger hurricane headed through the gulf toward New Orleans. Mr. Schmidt said the fact that the canceled day would have fallen on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005, was foremost in their minds.

“The optics of that were not good,” Mr. Schmidt recalled.

KeywestIsaac slowed a bit yesterday as it passed by Cuba and Key West. Meteorologist Bryan Norcross wrote on Facebook last night:

What a horrendous confluence of events. Tropical storms never get on people's radar, and the fact that Isaac passed Key West with less effect than a gusty afternoon thunderstorm made the situation worse. Even with a Cat 1 hurricane, will people take action tomorrow that may save their life Tuesday night?

Isaac's extremely large circulation is one of the factors that should make it intensify relatively slowly, and a track that misses the high heat-content pools in the Gulf should help in that direction as well. Plus it has less than two days over the water before landfall. But, the water ahead is still plenty warm - over 85 degrees - and the atmospheric pattern looks very favorable for strengthening. Taken together, the NHC's Cat. 2 forecast looks reasonable, though preparations should be made for a Cat. 3, given the lack of skill inherent in intensity forecasting.

In any case, that same large circulation will move a lot more water toward the coast than an average hurricane. The entire Hurricane Warning area - from Louisiana to the western Panhandle - is extremely vulnerable to storm surge flooding.

Watch a CNN report from Key West, AFTER THE JUMP...

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