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Hurricanes and the Civil War

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by JOHN42768, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. JOHN42768

    JOHN42768 Captain Trivia Game Winner

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    Not sure if this is actually fact,but according to NASA Goddard Institute for Space Study climatologist Tim Hall "Hurricane Drought" occurred for 8 years in the 1860s," Hall said during an interview Wednesday. That pause in major storms included the hurricane seasons of 1861 through 1868, including all of the Civil War. There were storms,but no major hurricane. Ponder that. Who knew?
     

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  3. Yankeedave

    Yankeedave 1st Lieutenant

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    Interesting. Conspiracy me going :frantic:
     
  4. sailorruss

    sailorruss Private

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    Go on...
     
  5. luinrina

    luinrina Corporal

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    Maybe it was a consequence of the volcanic eruption in East Africa that @Saphroneth posted about in this thread. We know nowadays that the weather is connected on a global level so the eruption might very well have affected the weather to the point that hurricanes couldn't grow to their usual form and strength for quite a while.
     
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  6. Stone in the wall

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    What I came up with 1860-1868 ; Fla 8-16-1861 Cat 1, 10-23-1865 Cat 2, NC 11-2-1861 Cat 2, SC 8-28-1861 Cat 1, Tex 9-13-1865 Cat 1. No big ones but still troublesome with no warning 150 years ago.
     
  7. Saphroneth

    Saphroneth 2nd Lieutenant

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    I doubt it would have had an impact for that long - it might have done it for 1862, though.

    Note by the way that "major hurricane" here means a category 3 or up (100 knot winds or more).
     

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