And finally… OBAMACARE — LITERALLY: A woman standing behind the President during his Healthcare.gov press conference began feeling faint — and the President helped catch her before she fell. ”This happens,” Mr. Obama snarked, “when I talk too long.” (NY Daily News)
ORANGE JUICED This high resolution infrared NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite image shows Hurricane Michael churning in the Atlantic Ocean. With maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, Hurricane Michael is the first Atlantic storm of the 2012 season to reach Category 3 intensity. (Photo: NOAA via The Telegraph)
Tropical Storm Isaac is on a path that will take it up the Mississippi River on Tuesday and Wednesday through the New Orleans area as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, according to the 10 p.m. forecast of the National Hurricane Center. On this path, Isaac would arrive at the mouth of the Mississippi River on Tuesday at 7 p.m, and slowly move northwest, reaching a point on the north-central edge of Lake Pontchartrain at 7 p.m., with sustained winds of 80 mph.
Center forecasters warned, however, that there’s still significant uncertainty in Isaac’s ultimate landfall that will likely remain until the storm becomes better organized and the steering effects of a high pressure system building west from the Atlantic Ocean become more clear.
The forecasters said a number of computer models used to predict Isaac’s path have diverged in identifying its landfall, and the present forecast again nudges it towards those predicting a stronger turn to the west. But further changes in the forecast could occur on Monday.
The forecast path places much of the New Orleans area in the eastern quadrant of the hurricane as it crosses the area, meaning the effects of storm surge also are likely to be moved westward into the New Orleans area. The center’s forecast calls for that surge to be between 6 and 12 feet. The more westerly track also increases the chance that surge could have more impact on West Bank communities such as the Lafitte area and portions of Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.
"MONSTER" NASA astronaut Mike Wheelock, aboard the International Space Station, took this photo, almost directly above the eye of Hurricane Igor in the Atlantic Ocean, on Sept. 14, 2010. He Tweeted:
‘Igor the Terrible’…It was about 2:00pm GMT today…out over the Atlantic, and we came upon the monster, Hurricane Igor. This storm is enormous with an impressive eye wall. Seeing the blue water down through the eye of the storm is so surreal. I can scratch that off my bucket list. Go quietly, Igor, and remember what peace there may be in silence.