How The '38 Hurricane Changed Our Forests

Sep 18, 2013

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. Southern New England and Long Island bore the brunt of deaths, mostly a result of catastrophic flooding.  In northern states including Vermont and New Hampshire, it utterly altered parts of the landscape.  Steve Roberge is the Cheshire County Extension Forester, and explains how the forest we see today is due in large part to that one storm.