Taken by Storm, 1938

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Taken by Storm, 1938

A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane
Lourdes B. Avilés
Copyright: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-944970-24-6
List Price: $30.00
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Updated for the 80th anniversary of the hurricane, AMS Books presents the first comprehensive meteorological history of the storm that changed New England’s landscape, helping to bring it out of the Great Depression.

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Pages: 292
Publisher: American Meteorological Society
Edition: Second
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On September 21, 1938, the most powerful storm of the century to hit the Northeast arrived unannounced and left utter devastation in its wake. The Great New England Hurricane, as it came to be known, changed everything from the landscape and its inhabitants’ lives, to Red Cross and Weather Bureau protocols, to the measure and kind of Great Depression relief New Englanders would receive and the resulting pace of regional economic recovery.

The science behind this particular hurricane is presented here for the first time, along with new data and perspectives on what did, and what did not, occur at the Weather Bureau as the storm shot north stealthily and rapidly toward a coastline densely populated by people who had no experience with hurricane-force winds and storm surge. Meteorology, forecasting, and storm preparedness practices were already in transition, and after September 1938 they would be changed forever.

Lourdes B. Avilés

Lourdes B. Avilés is a professor at Plymouth State University’s Meteorology Program in Plymouth, New Hampshire.