Hazard Scale of the Day: After a particularly nasty natural disaster, there is one reliable metric that FEMA turns to in order to determine the severity of the damage: The "Waffle House Index."
Green indicates that Waffle Houses in the affected area are serving a full menu, meaning that the damage is limited. Yellow signals more extensive damage, resulting in a limite
Whoopsie Daisy of the Day: National Guard troops, under the mistaken notion that their Light Medium Tactical Vehicles would be able to withstand the Irene-induced floodwaters of downtown Manville, NJ, willfully submerged their trucks, and ultimately had be rescued by the local fire department.
Follow Up of the Day: NOAA has updated its visualization of the recently-dissipated Irene's East Coast trek one last time. From tropical wave to major hurricane to post-tropical storm in two weeks flat, Irene topped out at a Cat 3 with sustained winds of 120mph.
The storm left at least 35 dead across 10 states, and 5.5 million
Stormy Street Scenes of the Day: New Yorkers take advantage a rare lull in the sleepless city's unceasing bustle to play an impromptu game of street hockey in the middle of Times Square.
Meanwhile, in Baltimore, the streets are empty but the bars are full: