camille-and-katrina.jpgJust the name alone brings back bad memories.  Growing up in South Louisiana the two Hurricanes that have always stuck out in memory, before Katrina, was Camille and Betsy.  Camille always being spoken of by my older relatives as being the worst Hurricane in memory. Today being the anniversary of Camille, which happened in 1969, I decided to take a look and see how the reality of that storm compared to what little I remember of it.  The first thing I notice is the tract of Katrina is almost identical to Camille as far as landfall.  The picture of the two side by side tells a different story.  Katrina was massive but was not as strong as far as wind speed and barometric pressure goes.  At landfall Katrina was a category 3 with wind speed of 175 mph, barometric pressure of 920 mb., Camille was a category 5 with wind speed of 195 mph and a barometric pressure of 909 mb.  Camille was the second of three category 5 hurricanes in 1969 and it did not only affect the Gulfcamille-1969-track.png coast, it caused flooding and deaths as far north as the Appalachian Mountains and Virginia.  Camille caused $1.42 billion in damage, the equivalent of $9.14 billion in the year 2005.  Camille killed at least 259 people.  While for a lot of people, not all, Camille is just a memory but Katrina is a scar.  The Weather ChannelHurricane Camille Image Gallery