It’s hurricane season in New England once again. So what better time to look back at some of the biggest New England hurricanes?
As I’m typing this, it’s Hurricane Lee that’s on everyone’s mind. The storm is currently kicking up strong winds in Bermuda. And the latest NOAA report reads: “Hurricane conditions and coastal flooding are possible in portions of Eastern Maine…on Saturday, and a Hurricane Watch is in effect in that area. Tropical Storm conditions are possible elsewhere across New England.”
Of course, as they say, if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait five minutes. In other words, if I were to be writing all this down 24 hours from now, I could be sharing a whole different set of watches and warnings and storm paths. That being said, it looks like Hurricane Lee will impact New England, but not with the same strength that some larger storms have in the past.
New England Hurricanes: The 7 Biggest of the Last 100 Years
My earliest memory of a hurricane in New England is Hurricane Gloria in September of 1985. I had just started third grade and I was obsessed with the weather. I couldn’t wait to experience my first hurricane. To prepare at my house, we cleaned the bathtub, filled it with fresh water, and put masking tape on the windows. I remember the eerie calm I felt stepping outside during the eye of the storm.
I also remember watching my poor cat Dusty get picked up by a fresh gust of wind and blown into our rhododendron bush as she tried to make her way across the yard and to the house for safety. So yes, Hurricane Gloria makes my list. So does Hurricane Bob. Keep on scrolling to see the other memorable hurricanes that hit New England hard over the last century.