HURRICANE! So What Happened in 1938? ...

... here's one Stringer who missed the action!

by Ella Letterie

September 21, 1938 -- I was ten years old and all I remember was playing outside by my home until my mother called me to come into the house.

Many decades later, I learned the following facts:

--That it was the first major hurricane in the northeastern U.S., in modern times.

--It was not forecast by weather bureaus and damaged many homes and crops.

--There were 700 dead and an estimated $300 million in property damage.

--Before 1950, hurricanes were not named.

--From 1950 to 1952, hurricanes were given military names, i.e. ABEL, BAKER, CHARLIE, etc.

--From 1952 to 1979, hurricanes were given female names by the World Meteorological Society.

--From 1979 to present, hurricanes are given names of females and males.

Ella Letterie, at the Boston Public Library Reference Department.

September 1, 2000

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