Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States

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9780978628000: Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States

Read about the Hurricane Sandy Big Ones that have affected the Mid-Atlantic region. Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States is the first book that examines the 400-year recorded hurricane history of the region. It offers chronological profiles of significant storms, from Jamestown to the present. Also included are more than 200 black and white photographs--many appearing in print for the first time. The book contains numerous track maps. Human interest stories, as well as an examination of the patterns, characteristics, quirks and dangers of Mid-Atlantic hurricanes, make this a must-have for those living in the region. It is also valuable to anyone interested in the nation's hurricane history. The book focuses on Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as the New York City and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas. Residents from neighboring states will find abundant material. And the many human interest stories have universal appeal! Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States contains a collection of unforgettable encounters--tales gleaned from articles and books, private journals and interviews. It tells of the "big ones"--unforgettable storms. Tropical cyclones like Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee (and worse) will visit in coming years. Even a single idea to improve safety or protect property developed as a result of the material in this book would make it a valuable bargain. Discovery of the Mid-Atlantic region's extensive hurricane history starts here! (Favorable reviews have appeared in the April 2008 issue of Choice Magazine, the April 2008 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and the May-June 2008 issue of Weatherwise Magazine.)

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About the Author:

Rick Schwartz has tracked Atlantic hurricanes since 1967. He waited more than three decades for a book like this and, finally, wrote it himself. His effort involved six years of intensive research and writing. It also involved more than 10,000 miles of driving and about 100 interviews. Now, for the first time in 400 years--since the settlement of Jamestown in 1607-- residents of the Mid-Atlantic have a hurricane reference they can call their own. Mr. Schwartz is an associate member of the American Meteorological Society, a member of the National Weather Association and a member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Review:

Most people think that hurricanes only affect the Gulf Coast and Southeastern states, but as Rick Schwartz grew up in New Jersey, he was fascinated by stories about big storms affecting places between Virginia and New York where, he was assured, "hurricanes don't happen." After years spent in vain seeking more information, he decided to conduct his own research and write the book he always wanted to read. The result is an enjoyable and useful volume, filled with accounts of hurricanes and nor'easters that ravaged the Middle Atlantic states. After briefly explaining what produces hurricanes and accompanying phenomena (e.g., storm surges and tornadoes), Schwartz presents descriptions of historical events beginning with the July 1609 storm that almost wiped out the newly established Jamestown colony. (This storm also inspired one of the Jamestown investors, an English playwright named Shakespeare, to write The Tempest.) Dozens of major storms in the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are described, based on written accounts and, when possible, contemporary images. Four 2004 events (Frances, Gaston, Ivan and Jeanne) bring this nearly to the present. Schwartz also describes six major nor'easters that occurred since 1950, including the Ash Wednesday storm that devastated Jersey Shore communities; the 1991 "Perfect Storm," and the 1993 "Storm of the Century." For those living and teaching in these states, and anyone interested in comparing storm impacts from region to region, this is a must-have book. --Michael Passow, Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society, April 2008

The first thing that I noticed as I opened this lavishly illustrated black-and-white chronology of hurricanes in the Middle Atlantic States (which the author defines as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) is the blurb on the cover jacket stating that "after waiting nearly four decades for a reference like this, Mr. Schwartz wrote it himself."" This book adds important historical context of tropical cyclone activity for a critical--and heavily populated--region of the United States. By weaving abundant quotes from personal and official sources through a discussion of major tropical cyclones that have struck the region, Schwartz points out the region's alarming vulnerability to these massive storms. He begins his chronology by documenting hurricanes from from the 1600s and 1700s with stories of Jamestown's Sea Venture's hurricane-tossed adventujre to Bermuda (which led to Shakespeare's The Tempest) and Benjamin Franklin's observations of the movement of a 1743 hurricane, and continues to cover storms in the twenty-first century, ending in 2004. The real delight of this book lies in the discussion and stories of more recent hurricane activity in the 1900s. The photographs of the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, for example, vividly demonstrate the vast destruction that many culturally significant locations, such as the Atlantic City Boardwalk, suffered in that storm. The book is abundantly illustrated with an amazing number of black-and-white photographs, track maps, and rainfall maps. Individual stories, photographic collections, and reminiscences of specific storms are often segregated out of the main discussion of the storm through the use of gray-shaded sidebar pages. The quality of the photographs and maps is consistently high. The book highlights more than 100 major hurricanes from 1609 to 2004. --Randy Cerveny, Weatherwise Magazine, May/June 2008

The first thing that I noticed as I opened this lavishly illustrated black-and-white chronology of hurricanes in the Middle Atlantic States (which the author defines as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) is the blurb on the cover jacket stating that "after waiting nearly four decades for a reference like this, Mr. Schwartz wrote it himself."" This book adds important historical context of tropical cyclone activity for a critical--and heavily populated--region of the United States. By weaving abundant quotes from personal and official sources through a discussion of major tropical cyclones that have struck the region, Schwartz points out the region's alarming vulnerability to these massive storms. He begins his chronology by documenting hurricanes from from the 1600s and 1700s with stories of Jamestown's Sea Venture's hurricane-tossed adventujre to Bermuda (which led to Shakespeare's The Tempest) and Benjamin Franklin's observations of the movement of a 1743 hurricane, and continues to cover storms in the twenty-first century, ending in 2004. The real delight of this book lies in the discussion and stories of more recent hurricane activity in the 1900s. The photographs of the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, for example, vividly demonstrate the vast destruction that many culturally significant locations, such as the Atlantic City Boardwalk, suffered in that storm. Similarly, the detailed day-by-day personal recollections of Virginia State Trooper Ed Tinsley during Hurricane Camille of 1969 and the inspiring editorial of the Patriot-News, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that followed the passage of Hurricane Agnes inject feelings and emotion to the dry numbers of wind and rainfall that often characterize hurricane summaries. The book is abundantly illustrated with an amazing number of black-and-white photographs, track maps, and rainfall maps. Individual stories, photographic collections, and reminiscences of specific storms are often segregated out of the main discussion of the storm through the use of gray-shaded sidebar pages. The quality of the photographs and maps is consistently high. The book highlights more than 100 major hurricanes from 1609 to 2004, as well as 6 memorable nor'easters. One small complaint is that the year should be listed, not just as the start of the chapter, but alongside each month and specific hurricane for easier reference. Explanatory information at the beginning gives a brief discussion of tropical cyclone characteristics (rain, storm surge, tornadoes, etc.), the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, and the naming procedures for tropical cyclones. Appendices at the end discuss the Beaufort wind scale, retired hurricane names, the region's National Weather Service offices, and state climatologists' offices. In addition, a comprehensive bibliography nicely links to each specific hurricane year. All in all, this is an enjoyably presented, informative, and useful book. It details in a well-written and personal manner the historical hurricane activity of a critical region of the United States. As Schwartz states in his preface, "Residents of the Middle Atlantic States: This is your hurricane history. Events on the subsequent pages offer profound lessions and a guide for the future. Hurricane history continually shouts: 'Build on a flood or tidal plain, abuse the land, be lax about building construction and safety codes, or about ensuring sound infrastructure--there will be consequences!" This is a critically important history lesson that is not limited to the Middle Atlantic states. --Randy Cerveny, Weatherwise Magazine, May/June 2008

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