Saturday, August 27, 2011

Miraculously, Humans Once Survived Without Batteries and Bottled Water


Officials are throwing out the words "historic" and "catastrophic" in regard to Hurricane Irene's path across Long Island, New York. Are they being too rash? I really hope so. Here's some interesting reading for while you are waiting on that line in Pathmark that extends back to the cottage cheese in the dairy aisle. We have to keep in perspective that this isn't the first bad weather ever witnessed on Long Island.

Weather Memories- Excerpt Taken from a The Long Islander (Huntington) Dec. 3, 1953
"Recently we heard a number of our good neighbors deplore the storms and high tides of November 6th and 7th as the most destructive since the great hurricane of 1938, forgetting entirely an almost equally terrific hurricane in 1944. When reminded of this lapse of memory, one person of high intelligence explained that the 1938 holocaust made a deeper impression because of the loss of life, which was not the case in '44. Nevertheless, our own records show that in the latter disturbance a naval vessel went down to the south of Long Island with the loss of everyone aboard.

The storm of this November's first weekend was not a hurricane, but it was a gale worthy of the name, with gusts up to seventy miles and sustained winds from sixty to sixty-five. Storms of that calibre, however, are not rare along the Atlantic seaboard. According to a weather story which we recently read, sixty-five and seventy mile hour gales strike Long Island and create considerable havoc along its shores at least once every decade.

To be more specific, we had almost forgotten the gale which played havoc on Long Island ... a day or so after Thanksgiving in 1950 ... electric service throughout the whole island was badly crippled, many wires were down and parts of the island were without service for the better part of the ensuing week. Nor were the tides much less than those of a few weeks ago. The Long Island railroad stopped service east of Patchogue for a time. During this gale (wind gusts of 80 miles per hour)small boats were washed ashore. Hundreds of television aerials were blown down. The only reason that there were not more large trees uprooted was that no great amount of rain had fallen before the wind struck. ... Of all the storms in recent years only two- 1938 and 1944- can rightly be classified as hurricanes. ...The statistics show that over a long span of decades Long Island has suffered less in property damage and loss of lives than any other section of equal oceanfront along the entire eastern seaboard."

-Picture is from a Patchogue, NY Pathmark this morning.

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