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A Perfect Storm: An Evening with Climatologist Jeff Donnelly

August 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Newport Historical Society

$10 – $5 NHS members & NRF tenants


A Perfect Storm: The Collision of Hurricanes, Climate Change and Coastal Population Growth

Hurricanes pose a significant threat to coastal populations, but the causes of changes in the frequency of hurricanes are poorly understood. Long-term historical and geological records provide potential analogs for future climate scenarios and indicate that hurricane frequency has varied significantly. Most modeling studies suggest that we may experience more frequent intense hurricanes in the future as the Earth warms, but the historical and geological record indicates a complex relationship between ocean warming and hurricane activity.

Jeff Donnelly, a climatologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will discuss the historical links between hurricanes, climate change, and the population growth along the coast.


Please register for this event by calling 401-846-0813 x110 or email

A wine and cheese reception will begin at 5:00, followed by the lecture.

This program is co-hosted by the Newport Historical Society and the Newport Restoration Foundation. Event photo is of the Hurricane of 1938, Wreckage Near Easton’s Beach, Collection of the Newport Historical Society.


Newport Historical Society
82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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