History Stories
CATEGORY: Hurricanes
How an Obscure 1920 U.S. Law is Crippling Puerto Rico’s Recovery
September 27, 2017

Is it time to alter or abolish the Jones Act? Read More

Why Hurricane Harvey is Poised to Become America’s Costliest Storm
September 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey will be more expensive than Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy combined. Read More

How the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 Became the Deadliest U.S. Natural Disaster
August 29, 2017

The U.S. Weather Bureau got the forecast completely wrong. Read More

Why Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Were Only Named After Women
August 1, 2017

Personal vendettas played out in the names of hurricanes. Read More

The Deadliest Atlantic Hurricane
September 29, 2015

Explore the story of the most destructive Atlantic storm in recorded history, which killed more than 22,000. Read More

The Killer Hurricane That Surprised the Northeast, 75 Years Ago
September 18, 2013

The monstrous Hurricane of 1938 killed hundreds as it tore through the Northeast—and no one knew it was coming. Read More

Will Hurricane Irene Spawn a Baby Boom?
August 29, 2011

Does history support the common perception that disasters can lead to spikes in birth rates? Read More

Why Do Hurricanes Have Names?
August 25, 2011

Why do we bestow people’s names on volatile storms in the first place? Read More