I wish I’d posted this thought last week. Anyway …
I commented on the Accuweather site last week that Hurricane Irene seemed likely to be like 1972’s Hurricane Agnes.
In a great example of the recency effect, Heather Buchman, the meteorologist who wrote the piece compared the potential effects of Irene to a list of other hurricanes drawn from the last 22 years: Bertha ‘96, Bob ‘91, Fran ‘96, Floyd ‘99 and Hugo ‘89.
Agnes held the record for most expensive Hurricane for 7 years. Most of its damage was from rains, and flooding.
Just like Irene:
Many of the worst effects arose from rains that fell inland …
… [Vermont] Gov. Peter Shumlin called it the worst flooding in a century.