August 13, 2014

What's the worst hurricane anyone in your town remembers?


Estimated from HURDAT database and NCEP rainfall totals 1914-2014. (Cartoon from xkcd by Randall Munroe. Large version here.)

5 comments:

thefederalist said...

Hmmm ... another good reason to live up here in Michigan.

CradleCatholic said...

Hurricane Hazel floods my memory. I was age 9, growing up in the inland city of Rochester, New York, yet Hazel blew straight through our town. I owe my life to my guardian angel. We kids were all playing on the street as usual on a summer evening, when the wind and rain suddenly began howling. We all bolted toward our respective porches. On my way, I stopped, held back (I don't know how) for just a second, when a major tree branch fell a foot or two in front of me. What if??? The next morning some of those old maple trees lay on the sidewalk, totally uprooted. Joyce Stolberg

xcontra said...

I remember Hurricane Donna when I was a little kid, up in NJ. But almost all traces of Donna were wiped out by other storms, including Sandy. It is interesting to see the huge areas owned by Hazel, Hugo and Opal.

Liam Ronan said...

Hurricane Hazel October 1954. I was 5 years old. We lived in Petersburg, VA and my family travelled through the hurricane to visit my Grandmother in Altoona PA.

Brian said...

Hurricane Dora hit just north of St. Augustine, FL. I was eleven. We lived inland, south of Jacksonville. I remember pushing towels under the front door trying to keep the rain from coming in. It was a bit of a lark with the rain and wind and not having to go to school.