Hellwinds of Frankenstorm

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Nov 1 15:30:10 UTC 2012

At 10/29/2012 10:56 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>At 10/29/2012 08:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>This booger is worse than you think.  The Weather Channel advises New York
>>residents to beware of the storm's "searing winds."
>One can get windburn.  At least after 1939.

"Windburn" came into the (OED's) lexicon in 1939.  One year after the
great New England Hurricane of 1938, which is estimated to have
caused between 700 and 800 deaths.  " It remains the most powerful,
costliest and deadliest hurricane in recent New England history,
eclipsed in landfall intensity perhaps only by the Great Colonial
Hurricane of 1635."

Cause and effect?


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