Two factors stir the memories of those affected by hurricanes: fatalities and damage sustained. As noted in a previous column, hurricane climatologists add another category to the criteria: impact on a particular area. Depending on the location, storm examples include Hugo in 1989 and our area storms: Andrew in 1992, Katrina in 2005 and Gustav in 2007, storms claiming lives and causing extensive damage. September’s storm, Irene, compared with an event on this date in 1938. The Great New England Hurricane struck Long Island and New England with such strength, residents still reference it. It made landfall as a Category 3 at 3 p.m. with 80-mph winds at Battery Park. By 4 p.m., it was in Connecticut, in Massachusetts at 5 p.m. and Vermont at 6 p.m.
Patchy fog before 10 a.m. A 20 percent chance of showers after 10 a.m. High near 89. Easterly winds 5 mph. Tonight: 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low about 68.