Hurricane Dennis spent many days changing the coastline of the Outer
Banks of North Carolina during the last part of August and early part of September 1999.
Join Jay Barnes, hurricane historian, to discuss the destructive nature of
Hurricanes and some of the most notorious that have left their mark on our state.
Questions for students to consider:
Suggested optional class project (for older students):
Much of the research for Jay's books involved gathering stories from longtime residents. By using dates from his book, or data from the National Weather Service, students could build a storm history notebook by interviewing longtime residents to find out the local effects of major hurricanes in their own communities. These oral histories could be recorded and accompanied by maps, photos, or drawings that would detail what happened in the students' own neighborhoods--how high the creek rose, how long the power was out, which buildings were damaged, etc. Hurricane Hazel (October1954) would be a good storm to profile, since it affected a large portion of eastern North Carolina.
Jay Barnes, Director
Jay is NOT a meteorologist, and did not study meteorology in college (he is a graduate of the school of design at NC State, and a masters in advertising/marketing from Syracuse). His interest in hurricanes came from a local history perspective, especially the history of storms along the NC coast. But through the years, reading hurricane information, studying storms, etc., Jay has learned much about hurricane dynamics, formation, forecasting, etc. Most of his slide lectures and programs focus on the historical aspects of hurricanes, but he usually includes the basics of storm dynamics.
Last updated: 11/18/05