Distinguished Speakers Series: An Examination of the 1919 Hurricane and its Impacts in key West

Date/Time
Date(s) - June 6, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location
Custom House


The 1919 Hurricane was the fourth in a series of deadly hurricanes affecting the Florida Keys during the early 20th Century. The 1919 hurricane, which led to the sinking of the passenger ship Valbanera, resulted in perhaps the worst maritime disaster in the history of the Florida Keys. The hurricane also inspired Sister Louis Gabriel to design and build the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at the Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea in Key West.

About the presenters: 

Chip Kasper is the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the NOAA/Florida Keys National Weather Service Forecast Office in Key West, Florida. He has lived and worked as a meteorologist in Key West since 1999, and has worked nearly 30 tropical storms and hurricanes during the last two decades. Mr. Kasper holds a B.S. Degree in Meteorology from Florida State University.

Sandy Delgado is a Meteorologist with the NOAA/Florida Keys National Weather Service Forecast Office in Key West, Florida. Prior to joining the team in Key West, Mr. Delgado worked at the National Hurricane Center for several years as a researcher involved with the “Atlantic Hurricane Reanalysis Project”. Mr. Delgado holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Meteorology from Florida International University.

 

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