NOAA’s latest mobile app provides free nautical charts for recreational boating

MyNOAACharts, a mobile app beta test for Android tablets, can easily integrate the user’s location, the nautical chart, and all the navigational information from the U.S. Coast Pilot. Download here (Credit: NOAA) As recreational boaters gear up for a summer of fun on coastal waters and the Great Lakes, NOAA is testing MyNOAACharts, a new…

Signs of a Tornado

Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. Whirling dust and or debris on ground underneath cloud base. Tornadoes do not always have visible funnels – can be rain wrapped. Hail or heavy rain followed by either absolute calm or extreme wind shift. Loud continuous roar or rumble unlike thunder that fades within seconds. Visible small,…

TORNADO: Personal preparedness limits risk and anxiety

Shelter-in-place safest plan during tornado warnings Public advised against traveling to shelters Shelter-in-place: that’s the recommendation of Oklahoma City Emergency Management whose advice to people is to shelter-in-place during tornado warnings. Shelter-in-place means to take shelter where you are, remaining inside your home, workplace or a nearby building. Most homes provide adequate protection from 98…

Tips for vehicle crime prevention

Commissioner Donelon and LATIFPA are offering motorists the following additional tips for vehicle crime prevention: Remove your keys from the ignition upon leaving the vehicle and never leave your car’s engine running unattended, not even in your driveway or for a quick errand. Close your windows completely. Park in well-lit lots and garages that have…

What is a boll weevil?

The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis Boheman) is a cotton insect indigenous to Mexico that entered the United States into Texas in 1892.  By the early 1920’s this insect had migrated through the cotton belt to Virginia, destroying the cotton crop.  Since its arrival in the U.S. this insect has cost the cotton industry nearly $22…

Health Department Issues Comprehensive List of Water Systems Under Boil Advisory following Hurricane Isaac

Baton Rouge:  The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Safe Drinking Water Program issued its most comprehensive water system boil advisory list following Hurricane Isaac. Major storm events like Hurricane Isaac that cause power outages can result in pressure loss for a water system, or floodwater flowing into the system can cause natural contaminants to enter the…