Saturday, April 9, 2022

H is for Hurricane Ida

This year's theme for my A-to-Z Blogging Challenge is Significant Events from 2021 and the first 3 months of 2022.

At the end of today's post is a teaser for Monday's I post.  Enjoy!  

H is for Hurricane Ida on August 29, 2021.

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina strengthened to a Category 5 storm over the Gulf of Mexico, and made landfall in Louisiana as a category 3 storm.  Katrina resulted in 1800 fatalities.

On August 29, 2021, exactly 16 years later, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a category 4 storm, with sustained winds of 150mph and gusts to 172mph.  It dropped 18 inches of rain in New Orleans.

Ida weakened over land but traveled all the way to the New York City area, including New Jersey and Connecticut.  Heavy rain, total 9.5 inches with 3 inches falling in a single hour, overwhelmed the area because the ground is mostly paved so the water had nowhere to go.  Subways flooded and 11 people drowned when their basement apartments filled with water.

Here's a teaser for Monday's I post.  Remember, to avoid spoiling the answer for the next blog visitor, please comment on something related to the answer without giving the actual answer.


  1. First prognostication of the season says 19 named storms and 9 hurricanes, that is a very big number. What scared me most last season was that a thunderstorm off Miami, on a Thursday, became a tropical storm on Friday and was, briefly a hurricane on Sunday.

    Wish we still had Gil Scott-Heron around to give voice to how bad it really was, and is, as they still say it was only a walk in the park.

    1. I remember reading that weather folks predicted more than the usual number of hurricanes this year. Yikes!