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TUESDAY MARCH 6 - THE MOST FAMOUS NORíEASTER: MARCH 1962: PART 1
When you talk about nor'easters, those powerful East Coast storms, you usually
think snow. But some nor'easters are known more for their wind, waves and coastal
damage. In fact, the most destructive nor'easter on record at the Jersey and
Delaware coasts didn't have much snow with it at all. This so-called "Ash Wednesday"
nor'easter was pounding away at the shore on this date in 1962.
This storm developed on March 5 off the
Carolina coast, as many nor'easters do.
But with its path blocked by a high-pressure area to the north, the storm barely
budged. The result was a three-day onslaught of battering east and northeast winds
and steadily increasing seas. The
coastal pounding covered an area 700 miles long
from North Carolina to Maine, and the New Jersey and Delaware shores were right
in the middle. To make matters worse, the storm hit near the time of new moon,
so tides were relatively high anyway.
In the end,
damage in the United States ran in the billions, in current dollars,
with 22 deaths attributed to the storm. Tomorrow night, Iíll take a closer look
at the storm's affects on our local area.