Pat Shingleton: "Reflections of August Storms."
A year ago, New Jersey was bracing for Hurricane Sandy, a weekend storm never experienced since 1871 and Hurricane Hazel. As noted in a previous column, August is one of the worst months for storms in Louisiana. Also on this date in 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall 20 miles southwest of Morgan City. It ranked number 4 in the most intense land falling hurricanes, based upon its central pressure. The "Labor Day" Hurricane of 1935 ranks number one. On August 17, 1969, Camille, ranked two; skirted Plaquemines Parish before its center of circulation made landfall in Bay of St. Louis. Before Katrina, Camille was considered to be the comparative storm or "benchmark" against which all Gulf Coast storms were measured