A Roseate Spoonbill lifts off from Queen Bess Island near Grand Isle, La., May 26, 2013. Apart from brown pelicans many gulls, ibises, white pelicans, and Roseate Spoonbills gather at the small spit of land in Barataria Bay.
A winer storm in the West could create blizzard conditions in Colorado this weekend, while New England faces its third-straight weekend of snow and rain. But Kansas saw the worst of the snow this week, with up to 15 inches in some places.
Hurricane Isaac is crawling along at 10 m.p.h., and winds hit 75 m.p.h. as Isaac gained strength moving over the warm, open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Isaac is forecast to reach New Orleans early Wednesday morning.
Isaac is forecast to become a category 1 hurricane today, bringing 14 inches of rain and storm surges of up to 12 feet. Hurricane Isaac will be the first test of post-Katrina levee improvements in New Orleans.
Tropical Storm Isaac is predicted to become a Category 2 hurricane by Wednesday, but it is much weaker than Katrina's damaging category 5 status. Still states of emergency were in place throughout much of the Gulf Coast region Monday.