Nine ships carrying 500 colonists from England to Virginia experienced a hurricane near Bermuda on this date in 1609. As noted in a previous column, seven ships made it to Jamestown but the flagship, Sea Venture, didn’t and was believed to be lost, with Virginia governor, Sir Thomas Gates onboard. Colonists accepted the tragedy and set about the work of building their new home. Surprisingly, on May 23, 1610 the passengers of the Sea Venture arrived in Jamestown on two small pinnaces. Their ship ran aground near Bermuda that sailors referred to as the “Ile of Divels” and stayed there for nine months building two small ships. In 1611 an English playwright read an account of the miraculous shipwreck incorporating it into his last complete play, “The Tempest.” Fastcast: Spotty showers.

ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION:

TODAY: Fewer Showers (Scattered Showers Icon) 94/76

MONDAY: Muggy (Scattered Showers Icon) 94/77

TUESDAY: Steamy (Scattered Showers Icon) 95/77

WEDNESDAY: A Heater (Partly Cloudy Icon) 95/77

THURSDAY: Sticky (Partly Cloudy Icon) 95/76

FRIDAY: Tabascoey (Partly Cloudy Icon) 96/77