Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Dan Rather and 1961's Hurricane Carla

This month is the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Carla. Not only did that storm cause tremendous damage near the coast, it caused record flooding well inland, including south Kansas City where I lived at the time. Many of these records still stand. 

While the 1900 Galveston Hurricane was the most deadly in the history of the United States, 1961's Carla was the biggest to strike Texas. For historic purposes, the Weather Bureau (now National Weather Service) made this video (in its usual kitschy style) about using the radar to track the storm. It was the first time a hurricane had been tracked in this say.
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather made his bones covering Carla. AccuWeather has that story, here

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