A HISTORICAL TOOL:
Now that the hurricane is gone, and its effects are evaporating, we will try to use this blog to do a brief historical summary of Irene, but already the storm reports on the various state listservs are "rolling-off", and some of them will be hard to recover. We have just started to take daily snapshots of the main listservs, hoping to use them to assemble a comprehensive picture of all the hurricane birds of the past week.
To see the "rolling-off" problem you can click on some of the older links in this blog, and you will NOT be taken back to those particular reports (even though those links have the exact listserv ID numbers for those reports), but rather to the latest subset of reports on that listserv (because the older ones rolled-off, unfortunately). So these listservs are most useful during their current week (before the reports roll-off), but not as useful after the roll-off of the latest batch of reports (some listservs do archive but some dont). Some of this history is not archived. More thoughts on this next week, but meanwhile we will try to assemble a summary of "Irene's Birds" (assuming electricity returns soon).