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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

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    Go on...
     
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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.
     
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  7. Saphroneth

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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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    Hurricane “Amanda ” - Rediscovery of a Forgotten U.S. Civil War Florida Hurricane
    by M. Chenoweth and C. J. Mock

    During the American Civil War, an out-of-season U.S. landfalling hurricane killed dozens but its memory in the historical record was lost amid much greater loss of life in the battlefields farther north.

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    I believe the average soldier was more afraid of dysentery than storms.
     
  10. zburkett

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    I understand that hard rain followed most battles. Is there any record of rainfall during the war?
     
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    Didn't Bob Dylan croak something about that? :sneaky:

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  12. Stone in the wall

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    Good job, I enjoyed that. Looks like I some how missed that one.
     
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    Gettysburg and 2nd Manassas were followed by rain. Chantilly was fought under a heavy rain. Burnside's mud march after Fredericksburg. I'm sure there is more. Anybody else?
     
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    Thinking of "Shelter from the storm"? He also did "Hurricane" but it's about murder and robbery.
     
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    How about the heavy storm that wiped out a parallel on Morris Island, South Carolina?
     
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    The Peninsula Campaign saw rainy periods. And IIRC Stonewall Jackson's division in the Valley had rain the days before the battle at McDowell.
     
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    It seems like the rainmakers in the movies + Tv shows almost always had a cannon. Was there a connection with cannons and rain? Sorry if I changed the subject. There was a town of Indianola, Texas that played a minor role in the ACW along the coast. It was completely wiped off the map 20 years after the war.
     
  18. Stone in the wall

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    I just started reading Porter Alexander's book Military Memoirs. He states it also poured rain the morning after the 1st Manassas. The rainmakers claimed this confirmed their use of cannon for making rain. But I don't really know the cause of the rain?
     
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    Looks like last year we had a forum "Are there any Civil War stories that involve hurricanes" Good info on the "Expedition Hurricane" Nov 1861. If anybody wants to check it out.
     
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    I'm no scientist, but there were a lot of chemicals belching from the muzzles of both cannon + thousands of rifles. Into the atmosphere! And no I don't believe in man-made weather change of any kind. I'm just pointing out an odd coincidence (maybe)
     
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    That one caught the Union fleet enroute to the assault on Port Royal, wrecked or damaged several ships and dispersed the fleet, although it does not seem to have significantly impeded the operation.
     
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