Sunday, August 28, 2005

Wicked Katrina

My good friend and Hurricane buff Hud explains the differences between THIS storm and Hurricane Camille in 1969. Hopefully my mom's house won't be destroyed.

Camille was a category 5 storm with a central pressure of 908 millibars. As of the 4 pm (cst) update Katrina has a central pressure of 902.

because of the failure of the recording instruments no real data is available for wind speeds on Camille. But NOAA estimates that she had wind speeds of 190mph with gusts over 200. Apparently and oil rig in the gulf registered 172 before its failed. Camille had the 2nd lowest central pressure registered in the United States and the highest tidal surge registered at 24.6 feet above sea level (in Pass Christian). Katrina, if she doesn't continue to weaken, will beat both of these records. check out these pictures of Camille

similar destruction will occur with Katrina. According to this site, Camille is "*the most extreme meteorological event to take place in North America"* even after Andrew. Katrina will easily surpass this record as well.

The two storms were/are moving at about the same speed, 12 mph.

Camille was a very small hurricane in comparison to Katrina; hurricane force winds extended around 60 miles from the center for Camille but extend out to 100 miles from the center for Katrina. While Camille was terribly devasting, Katrina will be just as devastating over a much larger area. Camille ended up dumping a lot of rain up in Virginia and I imagine Katrina will do something similar in Tennesee.

Katrina should surpass Camille as the mark by which Mississippians judge storms.

1 comment:

alena said...

Cool Blog, I never really thought about it that way.

I have a Hurricane Katrina blog. It pretty much covers hurricane related stuff.

Thank you - and keep up the thoughts!