Friday, July 08, 2005

Where is Nash Roberts when you need him?

All of you from the New Orleans area know exactly what I am talking about. For those that don't, let me explain.

For years, Nash Roberts ( scroll down) was the meteorology expert here in New Orleans. When a hurricane threatened our area, we could confidently follow his advice. If Nash said it was time to leave, we would pack up the car and get out of Dodge. If Nash said we needn't worry because the storm would make a last minute turn, we could breath easier knowing we would be safe. Even after his retirement, Nash would return when a big storm entered the Gulf. The best part was that he never relied on fancy computers or high-tech equipment. When Nash gave his prediction, he would be in front of his old-fashioned poster board map of the Gulf Coast. As he talked, he would draw the hurricane's path with his marker. As primative as it appeared, it seemed that he was always right. Unfortunately for us, Nash retired for good in 2001.

Now, as we are all preparing for Hurricane Dennis, I have to say: I miss Nash.