HURRICANE EXHIBIT AT WEATHER CENTER

by Christian Mower on September 19, 2013

THE MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY IS CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF “THE GREAT BLOWDOWN” – AN EXHIBIT CREATED BY THE MUSEUM OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS – THAT TELLS THE STORY OF THE GREAT NEW ENGLAND HURRICANE OF 1938.

ALSO KNOWN AS THE “YANKEE CLIPPER” AND THE “LONG ISLAND EXPRESS,” THE HURRICANE HIT THE NORTHEASTERN U.S. IN 1938 AS A CATEGORY 3 STORM, LONG BEFORE TODAY’S TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS OF RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY.

CAUSING WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTION FROM NEW JERSEY TO CANADA, THE STORM KILLED MORE THAN 600 PEOPLE AND REMAINS THE MOST POWERFUL AND DEADLIEST HURRICANE IN THE HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013 IS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INFAMOUS STORM.

THE FREE EVENT STARTS AT 5 P.M. FRIDAY AT THE WEATHER DISCOVERY CENTER ON ROUTE 16 IN NORTH CONWAY.

DR. LOURDES AVILES – ASSOC. PROFESSOR OF METEOROLOGY AT PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY AND A CURATOR AT THE MUSEUM – RESEARCHES HURRICANES. SHE’LL OPEN FRIDAY’S EVENT WITH REMARKS ABOUT THE STORM AND ITS DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THE WHITE MOUNTAINS.

AVILES SAYS THE EXHIBIT GREW OUT OF A BOOK SHE HAS JUST PUBLISHED CALLED “TAKEN BY STORM, 1938, A SOCIAL AND METEOROLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT NEW ENGLAND HURRICANE.”

THE EXHIBIT CONSISTS OF 15 PANELS AND IT WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE WEATHER DISCOVERY CENTER THROUGH 2013.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK OF THE NON-PROFIT OBSERVATORY, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.mountwashington.org.

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