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Historic Hurricanes

September 11, 2017

By Paul Homewood


There’s a very good website here, which some of the most memorable hurricanes since pre-colonial times:



Historic Hurricanes

  • Hurricane of July, 1502–Was a storm that the great explorer and discoverer of American, Christopher Columbus, predicted would strike the island of Hispanola. He used his prediction to warn the Governor of Hispanola, Nicholas de Ovando, who had 30 ships in his fleet set sail back to Spain. However, the governor ignored him, and refused Columbus’ request to stay in port at Santo Domingo. Within two days the storm struck in the Mona Passage between Hispanola and Puerto Rico, and sank 21 of the 30 ships, and killed approximately 500 sailors.
  • Tempest of 1609–At the time that the first ever colony in the United States was being developed, a strong hurricane menaced the Western Atlantic in the weeks following the departure of a fleet with 500 colonists left Great Britain for the New World. The ships then met with the maelstrom head on, and scattering all the vessels. Most were able to survive the onslaught of Mother Nature except for the flagship of the fleet, the Sea Venture, which was deposited in the infamous "Isle of Devils." Nevertheless, those who were on the ship still managed to reach shore, and received a much better fate than those, who had already situated themselves in the colony. The story of the Sea Venture was the basis of William Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest.
  • Colonial Hurricane of 1635–Was a powerful New England hurricane that struck the Massachussetts Bay Colony in 1635 some fifteen years after the Mayflower struck land at Plymouth Rock. This storm had reminded many of the pilgrims and settlers of past hurricanes that struck in the West Indies or Caribbean. Many of the pilgrims believed that this storm was apocalyptic.
  • 1667–The Year Of The Hurricane–At a time when the Mid-Atlantic states of North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland agreed to temporarily halt production of tobacco, a strong hurricane ripped through the Mid-Atlantic region on August 27th. While there was no recorded statistics such as where the storm made landfall, its track, and its forward speed and intensity. It destroyed 80 percent of the tobacco and corn while destroying some 15,000 homes in Virginia and Maryland.
  • The full list is here, all the way down to Irma. Well worth a bookmark if you ever want to challenge anybody who denies hurricanes happened in the past!

    1. quaesoveritas permalink
      September 11, 2017 11:37 am

      The trouble is, this list is no doubt incomplete.
      Playing devils advocate, a supporter of “climate change” would, for example, no doubt point out that there were no major hurricanes between 1502 and 1609, over a century.
      The number of hurricanes per century has also apparently increased exponentially.
      16th 1
      17th 4
      18th 9
      19th 14
      20th 60
      We all know that this is because of better records, but try telling that to a believer!

    2. Chris, Leeds permalink
      September 11, 2017 12:29 pm

      One of the big problems the US has is that the number of people now living in hurricane-prone states has increased dramatically in recent decades – and this means it is now getting more and more difficult and disruptive to evacuate people and increases the likely cost and impact of damage. Florida’s population was roughly 500,000 in 1900, about 1 million by 1920, 2 million by 1940, climbing to 7 million in 1970 and has increased from 16 million to 21 million in this century – the majority of whom live close to the coast. Similarly, Texas had only 3 million people in 1900, but 28 million now……

    3. markwbell permalink
      September 11, 2017 1:07 pm

      Some good marketing this morning ahead of the solar industry conference in Las Vegas:
      We are witnessing the effects of climate change first hand.

      For the first time in history, this past week, the Atlantic ocean has had two hurricanes with 150 mph winds happening at the same time. When we have two biblical hurricanes in one week, it’s time to worry about the planet.”

    4. Max Sawyer permalink
      September 11, 2017 1:57 pm

      Wrong thread, i know, but I couldn’t help posting this link:
      the photo’ showing that well-known highly toxic gas water vapour being released into the atmosphere from cooling towers. Will it never end?

    5. Nigel S permalink
      September 11, 2017 9:09 pm

      Tempest of 1609 Sir George Somers ran ‘Sea Venture’ ashore with nine feet of water in the hold to save the crew of 150 and a dog. They landed in Discovery Bay Bermuda and founded the colony there. They built a church, houses and two small ships, ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Patience’ and sailed on in May 1610 to attempt to relieve the Jamestown colony.

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