Historian Jack Noon will visit Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday to talk about his book, The Tornado of 1821, describing an extremely violent weather anomaly which hit New Hampshire towns from the Connecticut River to the Merrimack through Croydon, Sunapee, Lake Sunapee, New London, Sutton, Warner and Webster in a single hour.
In New Hampshire late on a Sunday afternoon in September 1821, a tornado blasted its way from the Connecticut River to the Merrimack by way of Lake Sunapee and Mount Kearsarge. It was part of a rapidly advancing, 300-mile front of severe thunderstorms that stretched from Canada practically down to New York City. For sheer, concentrated violence, the Sunapee-Kearsarge Tornado of Sept. 9, 1821, was by far New Hampshire’s worst weather event, ever.
Noon is a New Hampshire historian. The author of 14 books of nonfiction and historical fiction, they include The Bassing of New Hampshire (1999), Muster Days at Muster Field Farm (2000), Fishing in New Hampshire, A History (2003), Lot Number 20, Eight Generations at the Muster Field Farm Museum (2014), and Up Moosilaukee (2000).
Thursday’s event starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.