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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Part of the Truth": The Storm of 1950

Surface Weather Chart for 0300 GMT, Nov. 26, 1950 (Addt'l. Reading #4)
"That was the autumn of the big wind, which did almost as much damage as the ice storm and robbed us of our electricity for just short of a week.  The wind, straight out of the east, grew stronger and stronger all through the day, and all night we heard the crashing of tree limbs.  In the morning we found that a butternut tree had been felled, that one of the big maples had been torn apart, and that all of our trees had suffered.  Calvin and I went exploring in the Jeep, taking axes to clear the road, and found havoc everywhere.  On the shore of Long Pond, for example, a large grove of hemlocks had gone down, with not a tree left standing.  "When something like this happens," Cal said, "don't it make you feel kind of famous?""

Hicks, Granville. Part of the Truth. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965.

Additional Reading
  1. Nov 25, 1950: Storm of the century hits eastern U.S.
  2. Nature's Wrath: The Big Blowdown of 1950  
  3. Great Appalachian Storm of 1950 
  4. The Destructive Storm of November 25-27, 1950
  5. The Great Appalachian Storm of 1950

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