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March 5, 2011

"Ash Wednesday Storm" struck 49 years ago

FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:

Assateague IslandOne of the greatest nor’easters on record struck 49 years ago today. The “Ash Wednesday Storm,” as it came to be known, generated 70 mph winds that piled up 40-foot ocean waves. Ocean City sustained major damage. High “spring” tides submerged Assateague Island. Coastal damage from North Carolina to Long Island was estimated at $200 million in 1962 dollars. New Jersey saw 45,000 homes damaged or destroyed. Heavy snow fell in the Appalachians. Forty people died.

(AP PHOTO: Roberto Borea, February 1998)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 12:01 AM | | Comments (1)
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Your posting made me feel a very old man. I remember this storm, if only because my father, who was not given to taking Sunday drives, decided we would take an excursion from our Kent County farm, down to Ocean City so we could take a look at the damage. I don't remember a lot of the details (I was ten years old), but I do recall the (apocryphal) report that waves had broken over the top of the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth....

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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