North Conway, NH—The Mount Washington Observatory is hosting the The Great Blowdown, a panel exhibition created by the Museum of the White Mountains and inspired by curator Dr. Lourdes Aviles’ new book, Taken By Storm, 1938, A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane. Sponsored by the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University, the exhibition is on display at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway through the end of the year.
The Great New England Hurricane, also known as the “Yankee Clipper” and “Long Island Express,” made landfall in the northeastern United States in September 1938—long before the advent of radar, satellite imagery, or other advanced meteorological technology. By the time the U.S. Weather Bureau learned that the Category 3 storm was on a collision course with Long Island, it was too late for a warning. The infamous storm caused widespread destruction from New Jersey to Quebec, claiming an estimated 682 to 800 lives. It remains the most powerful and deadliest hurricane in New England’s history.
“The drama of the storm enlivens the story of the meteorological events that created it,” notes Catherine Amidon, director of the Museum of the White Mountains. “We are glad to be working with Mount Washington Observatory, an organization that shares our interest in science education, to bring the story of this remarkable weather event to visitors and locals of the northern White Mountains region.”
The Weather Discovery Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. For directions and more information, visit mountwashington.org/education.
To learn more about The Great Blowdown and other Museum of the White Mountains exhibits, visit plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains.