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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