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The Destruction of Rungholt

January 16th, 2009 · No Comments

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Rungholt was a Germany town on an island called Strand. On this date in 1362, the town of Rungholt was destroyed by a storm surge; debris from the town continued washing up on the shores of the North Sea for centuries after the town itself was lost. Normally meteorologists think of “storm surges” as being associated with hurricanes, but clearly there are no hurricanes in the North Atlantic in the middle of January, so what happened to Rungholt and the island of Strand? On today’s episode of Weather Break, Dr. Jon Schrage of the Creighton University Department of Atmospheric Sciences explains.

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It’s actually pretty difficult to find information online about Rungholt and the island of Strand that’s NOT in German.

Learn more about storm surge from NOAA.

Tags: Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones · Weather History

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