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Category Archives: Great Storms of the Chesapeake
The beautiful and historic town of Ellicott City was devastated again by a flood on May 26, 2018. The Washington Post did an interesting historical piece to give the recent disaster some perspective. Above, a Harper’s Weekly illustration of the … Continue reading
To Hell and Back Again with Hurricane Hazel by David Healey You can still find a few old-timers who will share stories about one of the biggest hurricanes in living memory to strike the Chesapeake Bay. Her name was Hazel, … Continue reading
Hurricane of 1933 shaped Ocean City resort Ocean City is Maryland’s beach town, a place where the population swells to nearly 400,000 on summer weekends. Tourists stroll the boardwalk or splash in the waves. It’s a place for sun, sand … Continue reading
A mid-March snowstorm is unusual, but it is not unprecedented. Back when I was researching Great Storms of the Chesapeake, I came across accounts of the March 19, 1958 storm that buried much of the upper Chesapeake Bay region. Damage, and … Continue reading
The following chapter comes from Great Storms of the Chesapeake and describes the Ellicott City flood of 1868. One of the most devastating floods ever to strike the Chesapeake Bay region took place on the morning of July 24, 1868. … Continue reading
Winter struck late in 1958, and it almost seemed unfair, considering that the deep snow came in late March. It was an incredible snowfall, with measurements of 42 inches coming in from residents near the Susquehanna River in Maryland. The … Continue reading
In writing GREAT STORMS OF THE CHESAPEAKE I came across many accounts of old storms that have mostly been forgotten over time, but which were devastating to the people who lived through them. One such storm struck the Atlantic coast … Continue reading
Hurricane season officially begins June 1. While in some ways this is an arbitrary date because nature sets its own rules and does not follow a man-made calendar, let’s just say it’s time to keep a weather eye out! In the last 400 years … Continue reading
Great Storms of the Chesapeake or pumpkin pie? That was some tough competition at the library raffle!