History In The Headlines

Category: Hurricanes

September 21, 1938 weather map. (Credit: NOAA Central Library Data Imaging Project)

The Killer Hurricane That Surprised the Northeast, 75 Years Ago

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

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Will Hurricane Irene Spawn a Baby Boom?

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

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Why Do Hurricanes Have Names?

As Hurricane Irene churns toward the northeastern United States, find out how tropical cyclones came to be assigned people’s names.