We made it – it’s Friday and a beautiful weekend is ahead. Get out there and enjoy it, because early next week we could have more than just a little rain on our hands.
What happens when a hurricane hits the U.S. during a federal government shutdown? Eight years after Katrina, I’m a little concerned. The National Hurricane Center predicts  that Tropical Storm Karen will hit the Gulf Coast at hurricane strength on Saturday.
The White House recalled some FEMA workers  who are furloughed to help deal with the storm. Not clear from press accounts is whether or not those employees will be paid for their work.
In Florida, half of the members of the National Guard are not working , which will compromise their ability to respond to the effects of a hurricane.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has a great post up  about all weather-related services affected by the federal government shutdown.
If you’re a weather geek like me, check out some of my favorite weather websites that are designed to make you (okay, me) feel like a bona fide meteorologist:
- http://www.weather.gov/  — Oh wait, most of it is not accessible right now. Thanks Government Shutdown!
- http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/  — Only accessible now thanks to potential havoc wreaked by TS Karen. Great.
- http://www.intellicast.com/National/Radar/Current.aspx  — Their radar is pretty good…
- http://www.wral.com/weather/iradar/page/2708786/  — …but I really love WRAL’s iControl Doppler radar.
- http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/  — I used to live in DC and love these guys. They are the best around in terms of geeky weather data and blogging about weather events.
Have a great weekend!