A2: Hurricane Irene

On his Weather Underground blog, Jeff Masters describes the magnitude of Hurricane Irene, a storm that he says could rival the great New England hurricane of 1938. ”Since 1938, there have been a number of significant hurricanes in the Northeast – the Great Atlantic hurricane of 1944, Hazel of 1954, Diane of 1955, Donna of 1960, Gloria of 1985, Bob of 1991, and Floyd of 1999 – but none of these were as formidable as the great 1938 storm. Today, we have a hurricane over the Bahamas – Hurricane Irene – that threatens to be the Northeast’s most dangerous storm since the 1938 hurricane.” Masters is co-founder of Weather Underground, which is based in Ann Arbor. [Source]