hurricane of 1938

North Country
3:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

75th Anniversary: New England's Greatest Hurricane

Flooding in Ware, Massachusetts effortlessly tore out a stone bridge.
Credit National Weather Service

That odd color of the sky.

On September 21, 1938 that’s what worried Beatrice Dorsey, a 10-year-old living in Plainfield, New Hampshire.

“The sky above my house was green. It was pretty scary, that ominous green,” said Dorsey.

Dorsey and many other New Englanders didn’t know that green sky meant the most damaging hurricane to hit New England was on its way.

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Environment
10:50 am
Wed September 18, 2013

How The '38 Hurricane Changed Our Forests

Hurricane damage in Wolfeboro
Credit Peter Roome, Creative Commons

September 21st is the 75th anniversary of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. The Category 3 storm tore through the center of the region moving at 70 miles per hour, with wind speeds that reached 125 miles per hour. In just hours, it killed hundreds and caused millions of dollars in damage.

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