F991 Fall 2018 Hurricanes and the Washington Metropolitan Area: A Surprising History, Jamestown to the Present
Thursday, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 25
Instructor: Rick Schwartz
This class provides students with an overview of the hurricane history of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It highlights some of the “big ones” starting with the colonial era. The course examines risks based on what has happened. Hurricane history tends to be repetitive over time. Wind, rainfall-related flooding, storm surge flooding and tornadoes have had major impacts in the DC area. In addition to examining each of these, the instructor will briefly discuss the possible effects from global warming and questions raised by select recent hurricanes such as Sandy.
Rick Schwartz is author of the book, Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States, published in 2007. He is currently writing another hurricane history book, Hurricanes and the Southeast Coast. The instructor has lived in the DC area since 1968, experiencing many local hurricanes.