75 years ago: The great hurricane of 1938

75 years ago this weekend, nature sucker-punched the Northeast.

Lacking today’s advanced meteorological tools, people just weren’t ready when the worst struck, and struck hard.

Are you tired of the global warming people talking as if history just started yesterday?  They hype Katrina, Sandy and any rough weather which comes our way. Natural tragedies are…. NATURAL.

The worst occurred in 1938 when a category 3 hurricane struck the Northeast, and in 1900 when a hurricane destroyed Galveston.

There has been no warming since the nineties and not much before that. To date, 2013 marks an Atlantic hurricane lull.

As a big storm makes landfall in the Pacific we should remind ourselves that when natural tragedies strike, we cope together.

It is time for Obama, Gore and the entire warming propaganda machine to stop hyping tragedies to advance their agenda.Extreme weather report cover CFACT angle

Anything else is exploitation.

For a complete debunking of extreme storm warming hype, we refer you to Marc Morano’s extreme weather report.

From the U.S. National Weather Service:

The hurricane produced storm tides of 14 to 18 feet across most of the Connecticut coast, with 18 to 25 foot tides from New London east to Cape Cod. The destructive power of the storm surge was felt throughout the coastal community. Narragansett Bay took the worst hit, where a storm surge of 12 to 15 feet destroyed most coastal homes, marinas and yacht clubs. Downtown Providence, Rhode Island was submerged under a storm tide of nearly 20 feet. Sections of Falmouth and New Bedford, Massachusetts were submerged under as much as 8 feet of water. All three locations had very rapid tides increased within 1.5 hours of the highest water mark. (Storm tide is the combination of the storm surge plus normal astronomical tide.)

Rainfall from this hurricane resulted in severe river flooding across sections of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Three to six inches fell across much of western Massachusetts and all but extreme eastern Connecticut. Considerably less rain occurred to the east across Rhode Island and the remainder of Massachusetts. The rainfall from the hurricane added to the amounts that had occurred with a frontal system several days before the hurricane struck. The combined effects from the frontal system and the hurricane produced rainfall of 10 to 17 inches across most of the Connecticut River Valley. This resulted in some of the worst flooding ever recorded in this area. Roadways were washed away along with sections of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad lines. The Connecticut River, in Hartford reached a level of 35.4 feet, which was 19.4 feet above flood stage. Further upstream, in the vicinity of Springfield, Massachusetts, the river rose to 6 to 10 feet above flood stage, causing significant damage. A total of 8,900 homes, cottages and buildings were destroyed, and over 15,000 were damaged by the hurricane. The marine community was devastated. Over 2,600 boats were destroyed, and over 3,300 damaged. Entire fleets were lost in marines and yacht clubs along Narragansett Bay. The hurricane was responsible for 564 deaths and at least 1,700 injuries in Southern New England. Damage to the fishing fleets in Southern New England was catastrophic. A total of 2,605 vessels were destroyed, with 3,369 damaged.

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About the Author: Craig Rucker

Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.

  • Fred DeV.

    My only real recollection was walking to school in the downpour — I ived on the west side of NYC, was 8 years-old. I MAY have heard the word hurricane used — it was RAWTHER wet!!