Clear evidence of global climate disruption in 1938, when CO2 levels were 315 ppm. But what caused the 1869 major hurricane?
The New England Hurricane of 1938 (or Great New England Hurricane or Long Island Express or simply The Great Hurricane of 1938) was the first major hurricane to strike New England since 1869.
The storm formed near the coast of Africa in September of the 1938 Atlantic hurricane season, becoming a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale before making landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on Long Island on September 21.
The hurricane was estimated to have killed between 682 and 800 people, damaged or destroyed over 57,000 homes, and caused property losses estimated at US$306 million ($ 4.72 billion in 2010). In 1951, damaged trees and buildings were still to be seen in the affected areas.
To date it remains the most powerful, costliest and deadliest hurricane in New England history.