Weather Research and Forecasting Model


Hurricane Katrina WRF simulation - clouds


Hurricane Katrina WRF simulation - precipitation

Surface Pressure

Hurricane Katrina WRF simulation - pressure

Wind Vector

Hurricane Katrina WRF simulation - wind

Hurricane Katrina was simulated with the Weather Research & Forecasting Model (WRF)

Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge and levee failure. Severe property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi beachfront towns; over 90 percent of these were flooded. Boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; water reached 6 – 12 miles (10 – 19 km) from the beach. Over fifty breaches in New Orleans’s hurricane surge protection are the cause of the majority of the death and destruction during Katrina on August 29, 2005. Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.