` Hurricane Ginger Second-Longest-Lasting Atlantic Hurricane on Record ‘

#AceHistory2ResearchNews – May 22 – Hurricane Ginger was the second-longest lasting Atlantic hurricane on record. The eighth tropical cyclone and fifth hurricane of the 1971 season, Ginger spent 27.25 days as a tropical cyclone and was classified as a hurricane for 20 of those days.

The storm formed north-east of the Bahamas, and for its first nine days tracked generally eastward or north-eastward while gradually strengthening to peak winds of 110 mph (175 km/h).

On September 14, Ginger slowed and turned to a general westward track, passing near Bermuda on September 23. There, the hurricane produced gusty winds and high waves, but no damage.

While over the western Atlantic Ocean, Ginger became the last target of Project Stormfury, which sought to weaken hurricanes by depositing silver iodide into tropical cyclone rain-bands.

Ginger ultimately struck North Carolina on September 30 as a minimal hurricane, lashing the coastline with gusty winds. Heavy rainfall flooded towns and caused damage estimated at $10 million. Further north, moderate precipitation and winds spread through the Mid-Atlantic states, although no significant damage was reported outside of North Carolina.

Ace Related News:
1. http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/rain/ginger1971.html
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Ginger
3. http://www.weather.gov/mhx/093071EventReview

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Snapshot of History: “Robert Howe 1732 – 1786 Continental Army General”

English: Robert Howe (1732-1786)

English: Robert Howe (1732-1786) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHistoryNews says Robert Howe (1732–86) was a Continental Army general from North Carolina during the American Revolutionary War. He was one of only five
general officers, and the only major-general, in the Continental Army from that state. At the outset of the war, he was appointed a brigadier general in the Continental Army, and eventually became commander of the Southern Department. His early military career was contentious and consumed by conflict with political and military leaders in Georgia and South Carolina. These confrontations, including a 1778 duel with Christopher Gadsden, and Howe’s reputation as a womanizer eventually led to his removal from command over the Southern Department. Prior to the formal turnover of his command, Howe commanded the Continental Army and Patriot militia forces in defeat in the First Battle of Savannah. He later sat as a senior officer on the court-martial board that sentenced British officer John André, a co-conspirator of Benedict Arnold, to death. Howe himself was accused of attempting to defect to the British, but the accusations were cast aside at the time as a British stratagem.

He died in December 1786 after being elected to the North Carolina House of Commons

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