Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hurricane Gloria

There are no storm or hurricane projections active at this time. It's something that we check multiple times a day. Hurricane Gloria was an earlier storm with an interesting history. It was a Category 4 storm, almost at the top of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when it formed. To this day, there has never been a more powerful hurricane that hit the east coast further north than Gloria. It first made landfall on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and then traveled along the coast until making a second landfall on Long Island and a third landfall on Connecticut. It caused almost a billion dollars of damage back when a billion dollars was real money.

The part of the storm where it moved along Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware happened on September 27,1985, exactly 24 years ago today. We were living in Maryland at the time and I remember the day pretty well. The power to many parts of the Washington, DC area went out and there were inches of rain that fell from the sky as the wind blew. At 4:30 pm, Karen and I were married. Outside.

There's an Italian saying, "Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata" which means that a wet bride is a lucky bride. Well if rain is considered to be lucky for the bride, I'm proof that the most powerful hurricane ever seen in an area is quite a lucky thing for the groom.

Happy anniversary, Karen.


Matt said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! I remember Hurricane Gloria quite well too, we were let of school early that day, it was 1st grade...


Unknown said...

Very nice blog entry for your wife....very nice.
Happy Anniversary to you both! Please pass it on to Karen.

Our wedding anniversary is also in Sept....its Sept 13....same day as our dog Striper was born! And the same anniversary date of The Lockhorns (comic strip!).


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