Major Hurricane in In 1635 Convinced Puritans That Apocalypse Is Imminent

New England hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane in over 60 years, but the 1635 storm had 130 MPH winds, snapped trees like “pick-up sticks” and convinced the Puritans “the apocalypse was imminent”

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23 Nov 2006, Page 31 – at Newspapers.com

Religious nutcases in New England like Bill McKibben still believe that the apocalypse is near, and caused by Exxon. And experts now say that the winds of Hurricane Patricia, which weren’t strong enough to snap trees, were over 200 MPH. And Senator Whitehouse from Rhode Island advocates new witch trials to purge skeptics who cook the weather through evil anti-consensus thoughts.

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18 Responses to Major Hurricane in In 1635 Convinced Puritans That Apocalypse Is Imminent

  1. Martin Smith says:

    Sandy was a major hurricane, Steven. Please correct the errors in your blog post accordingly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Sandy

    • AndyG55 says:

      NO. WRONG….yet again.

      Sandy was a Superstorm, a term “invented” because Sandy did not make it up to hurricane standards.

      • Andy DC says:

        No land station recorded a wind gust above 95 mph. Even the National Hurricane Center had Sandy as a CAT 1 as it was approching the NJ coast. A storm must be at CAT 3 or higher to qualify as major.

        An extratropical storm in November 1950 actually had higher winds, gusts to 108 mph at Newark, NJ and over 100 mph in Hartford, CT and Concord, NH.

    • You are an idiot. Hurricane Sandy was barely a category one with 70 MPH winds. Major hurricanes have winds over 110 MPH.
      http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/major-hurricane-us-landfall-drought-study

      • Martin Smith says:

        Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in US history, and it was a deadly one. It was much stronger before it hit New England, but it was a major storm and it id strike the US, so please correct your blog post accordingly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Sandy

        And you are once again arbitrarily focusing on wind speed, which is not the only measure of hurricane intensity. Please update your thinking. Sandy was a very large storm that dumped a very large amount of water. It had very low atmospheric pressure. Don’t ignore these other measures. Here is an explanation:
        Arbitrary focus on hurricane wind speed has birthed a new climate myth
        http://www.skepticalscience.com/arbitrary-focus-hurricane-wind-speed-birthed-new-myth.html

        • AndyG55 says:

          Wiki and SkS as references.. ROFLMAO..

          You truly are making a total fool/tool of yourself.

          GET AN EDUCATION, FFS !!!!

        • AndyG55 says:

          “Sandy was a very large storm ”

          THANK YOU !!!

          NOT a hurricane.

          OMG, but you are so, so dumb. !

        • AndyG55 says:

          The very fact that Wiki calls Sandy a Hurricane, when it wasn’t, shows just how UNRELIABLE they are.

          Explanations from SkS are for weak-minded fools like you.

        • Caleb says:

          Sandy was “officially” downgraded from a hurricane to an extra-tropical storm before landfall. (I think this was done to verify NOAA’s prediction). This irked meteorologists such as Joe Bastardi, who pointed out lots of evidence Sandy was still tropical in nature. (For example it weakened swiftly after landfall, which an extra-tropical nor’easter does not do.) On any case, the official record is official, and Sandy should be considered a really big nor’easter, if you are towing the government line.

          However not even the government tows the government line, when it becomes convenient to do otherwise.

    • AndyG55 says:

      The fact that you actually cite Wikipedia shows you to be truly a low-IQ , low-information gnat !!

    • rah says:

      MS doesn’t even know what a “Major Hurricane” is? Here Martin let me help so you won’t appear so ignorant about the subject next time: Here is the Glossary of National Hurricane Center Terms: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutgloss.shtml

      It says: “Major Hurricane:
      A hurricane that is classified as Category 3 or higher. ”

      And in that Glossary it says that the Category of a Hurricane is based on the:

      “Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:
      The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 categorization based on the hurricane’s intensity at the indicated time. The scale provides examples of the type of damage and impacts in the United States associated with winds of the indicated intensity. The following table shows the scale broken down by winds:
      Category Wind Speed (mph) Damage
      1 74 – 95 Very dangerous winds will produce some damage
      2 96 – 110 Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage
      3 111 – 129 Devastating damage will occur
      4 130 – 156 Catastrophic damage will occur
      5 > 156 Catastrophic damage will occur”
      ————————————————————————
      Here is the page at the NOAA NHC that gives a detailed description of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:
      http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php
      ————————————————————————
      Your demonstration that you did not know even these basic facts makes it clear that you should once again “withdraw” because nobody is going to take anything you say about Hurricanes or tropical storms seriously.

      If your still having trouble understanding just remember the number of casualties and damage that a Hurricane causes has NOTHING TO DO with the designation of it’s strength or it’s classification as “Major”.
      ————————————————————————————————
      There is BTW a couple of other scales by which Hurricanes are ranked that have been developed by Meteorologists which do attempt to quantify a tropical storm by the damage it does or potential damage it could do at landfall. But I won’s spoon feed those to you now and leave it you to research and find out about them.

    • catweazle666 says:

      “Sandy was a major hurricane”

      No it wasn’t, at any rate when it made landfall.

      Why do you keep lying?

      Is it pathological?

  2. Martin Smith says:

    Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in US history, and it was a deadly one. It was much stronger before it hit New England, but it was a major storm and it id strike the US, so please correct your blog post accordingly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Sandy

    And you are once again arbitrarily focusing on wind speed, which is not the only measure of hurricane intensity. Please update your thinking. Sandy was a very large storm that dumped a very large amount of water. It had very low atmospheric pressure. Don’t ignore these other measures. Here is an explanation:
    Arbitrary focus on hurricane wind speed has birthed a new climate myth
    http://www.skepticalscience.com/arbitrary-focus-hurricane-wind-speed-birthed-new-myth.html

    • AndyG55 says:

      How long since a major hurricane hit land on the USA .. come on Martian.. you can answer it.

      Also look at the REAL GLOBAL DATA. Take your blinders off , donkey !

    • AndyG55 says:

      “but it was a major storm ”

      Yes, but NOT a hurricane..

      Please correct your comments according.

    • pmc47025 says:

      Martin, are you wanting Steven to correct THIS article? You attempted to make points in two separate paragraphs here (while repeating yourself) and were wrong on both “major” points. As many have pointed out, Sandy was not a major hurricane, it wasn’t even a hurricane when it hit land. The article Steven highlighted outlines the damage caused by the 1635 storm (blowing houses into oblivion, water crest of 21 feet, etc.). Skeptical science, really? Here’s a more credible source: http://www.theonion.com/graphic/how-climate-change-will-affect-you-34514

    • catweazle666 says:

      “Sandy was the second costliest hurricane in US history”

      It WASN’T a hurricane, you silly little troll.

      Why do you keep making stuff up?

  3. Caleb says:

    I’m glad to see you dredged up the record of this storm.

    David Ludham did some sterling work researching the history books, and old diaries and letters, and documented this hurricane and another huge one that hit around 1675. One thing I recall from reading his work, (many years ago now), is that it was not merely the newcomers who were shocked by the power of the storm. Native Americans were drowned by the abrupt rising of the ocean more than 20 feet.

    Fortunately these hurricanes are rare, but their rarity allows people to forget they are even possible. Shortly before the 1938 hurricane clobbered New England an authority stated, “Hurricanes always go out to sea and never hit New England.”

    I hope I never see such a hurricane, but if history repeats itself you can bet Alarmists will call the storm “unprecedented”.

    http://www.courant.com/courant-250/moments-in-history/hc-250-hurricanes-weather-story-htmlstory.html

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