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The Great Blowdown Exhibition Opens September 20 at Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

September 11, 2013—North Conway, NH—On September 20, Mount Washington Observatory will host the opening celebration of The Great Blowdown, a panel exhibition by the Museum of the White Mountains 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 celebration will feature a presentation about the storm and a release and signing of Dr. Aviles’ new book. The free event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway.

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 evening of September 20 marks the eve of the 75th anniversary of the storm. Dr. Aviles, an associate meteorology professor at Plymouth State, will commemorate the event through compelling narratives of its devastating impact on the White Mountains and beyond.

The Great Blowdown
will be on display at the Weather Discovery Center through the end of the year. 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.


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