Remembering Camille – Advisory Number One – August 14, 1969

| August 14, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | 5 Replies

THIS IS HISTORICAL INFORMATION! IT IS NOT A CURRENT ADVISORY. THERE IS NO TROPICAL STORM IN THE GULF.

All weekend, we are commemorating the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Camille which made landfall on the Mississippi Coast on August 17, 1969. I will be posting actual advisories (many scans of the original teletype bulletins or hand written notes) and other information that will help us to understand this monster storm and see how far our warning processes have come. I hope you enjoy the information.

Monday night, we will be doing a special episode of WeatherBrains to commemorate the anniversary of Camille.

On August 14, 1969, Air Force reconnaissance planes were dispatched to check two areas of disturbed weather. The first, near the Bahamas, yielded no circulation. But the plane dispatched to the western Caribbean found a fully formed tropical storm, with a central pressure of 991 millibars maximum winds of 50 knots. Here is the reconnaissance report.

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It was evident that Camille was going to be an exceptional storm from the beginning. Here is the first tropical cyclone discussion.

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At noon, the first advisory on Tropical Storm Camille was issued.

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Bill Murray is the President of The Weather Factory. He is the site’s official weather historian and a weekend forecaster. He also anchors the site’s severe weather coverage. Bill Murray is the proud holder of National Weather Association Digital Seal #0001 @wxhistorian

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  1. Bill says:

    I remember the storm very well. My family was visiting grandparents at Pass Christian Miss. I remember leaving the church that Sunday morning going down the coast. Passing the Yacht club in Longbeach seeing the hurricane warning flags flying in a stiff breeze. The rush to prepare for the storm and go to my uncle’s house to ride out the storm seem serene.

    The aftermath of hurricane camellia was incredible my family was stranded for 2 weeks. Back then everyone in the area pitched in to help each other. We had no idea what was going on in the world due to no phone,power,news of any kind. The question may be asked why we stayed, well first of all we were from Kansas at the time and leaving was not an option. Second there was no information as to were the storm was to were or when it was to make land fall. My family was fortunate to have survived.

    Bill

  2. Kim says:

    Thanks for posting this – Camille made landfall on the day I was born, so this is interesting to me.

  3. Patti Kilgore says:

    Happy Birthday Kim

  4. Beth says:

    I was only 5 at the time, but I remember my parents talking about it!

  5. gator says:

    Camille was horrific. The current gulf oil spill is bad. PCB must be clear but Orange Beach this past weekend was bad. Tiny tar balls everywhere and water was
    foaming brown as it broke on the beach. The gulf news said that the rain caused
    the oil weekend problem. Still a nice laid back to visit, shop, golf, eat, etc.

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