Long Island Hurricanes on the 80th Anniversary of the 1938 Storm: Past, Present, and Future

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1938 “Long Island Express” hurricane, and look ahead to the future, this interdisciplinary symposium proposes to recount the many impactful tropical cyclones that have affected Long Island over the years, assess our current forecasting and hazard communication techniques, and discuss future planning for resilience to these extreme events. We seek participation from a range of experts in broad topic areas, including climatology, meteorology, sustainability, geography, communication, and history.

The unnamed 1938 hurricane -- nicknamed the "Long Island Express" due to its fast forward motion and initial landfall in Suffolk County -- brought abrupt and untold devastation to the northeastern United States, particularly Long Island's East End. Despite that storm, and several subsequent New York hurricane landfalls in the following decades, the recent experience of Sandy underscores our vulnerability to the impacts of tropical cyclones, particularly storm surges and coastal flooding. Thus, we first seek to examine in greater detail the hurricane of 1938, establishing it as a worst-case scenario when considering Long Island natural disasters. Then, we will investigate our current knowledge of hurricane forecasting, having made great strides since 1938, but still lacking in certain areas, particularly in communicating storm-related information to stakeholders. Last, we will discuss how future planning and sustainable development must consider future tropical cyclone impacts, keeping in mind lessons learned from past events.

For more information: Long Island Hurricanes on the 80th Anniversary of the 1938 Storm: Past, Present, and Future



Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Location: Hofstra University

Wednesday, October 03, 2018



Hofstra University
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Hempstead, NY 11549-1000

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