Typhoon Carmen



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Typhoon Carmen

I arrived in Japan on August 8, 1960. Typhoon Carmen arrived on August 16 and stayed until the 23rd. I was there two years and may have stirred up a little dust, but nothing compared to Carmen.

I was stationed at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan. It is located on the far northeast corner of the island of Honshu, Japan across from the Korean Peninsula. The United States joint Typhoon Warning Center told us we had two days to get ready to meet Carmen. We had time for preparations but nobody seemed to know for sure how to use it. Misawa is a large Air Force Base with many huge hangers for aircraft. We had every hanger on that base completely packed full of airplanes, a lot closer together than any manual allowed. They were predicting 100 mile an hour winds for Misawa. Every airplane that would fit was put inside. This still left many aircraft out on the parking ramps, vulnerable to the wind that was coming.

The base commander had a plan to fly the remaining aircraft out just before the storm arrived. The next morning we got a report that the wind speeds were only going to be in the 60 to 70 mile an hour range. They canceled the order to fly the airplanes out. We all started thinking, maybe there won’t be much wind. Then the howling winds hit with a vengeance, the watery blast  lasted all day. We were very fortunate to have daylight to work in.

Airplanes started bouncing up and down and jumping over the chocks that were keeping their wheels from turning. Some planes just rolled around on the ramps by themselves. We had complete pandemonium, all we could do was park a tug or jeep up against the landing gear to stop them from rolling. Pushing on wing tips and trying to steer some from going off the concrete and sinking into the mud was a little dangerous, but we had to do it.

All during this Typhoon learning experience we are being pelted by flying gravel, felt like buck shot. The winds must’ve been around 80 miles an hour because we had raised red spots on our skin from the rocks and stones. I recall being completely exhausted, miserable, soaked to the skin even with foul weather gear on. When we finally got to the mess hall I must have set a new record for the consumption of SOS.

“A sharp trough of low pressure organized into a tropical depression on August 16. It moved northward, quickly strengthening to an 85 mph (137 km/h) typhoon. Carmen lost intensity as it continued to the north, and made landfall on South Korea as a 50 mph (80 km/h) tropical storm on the 23rd. The storm brought 50-foot (15 m) waves to the Korean peninsula, flooding coastal cities and sinking ships offshore. In all, Carmen caused 24 casualties and $2 million in damage (1960 USD). Carmen? is known for having the largest eye of any tropical cyclone in recorded history. Radar data from Okinawa Japan </wiki/Okinawa>,  indicated that it was more than 200 miles (320 km) across.”


5 thoughts on “Typhoon Carmen

    • Dear Thia,
      I have not blocked you, your on my Reader. I have not visited you lately. I have left some comments though at your blog site. I better make sure I have the right url addresses. I haven’t been over there to read or to visit you in over a week. No, I haven’t forgotten or blocked you. I will have to figure it out. I have still got you open on the reader on my dashboard.
      I just tried to Google the address that you have listed here and it took me no where So we have to figure out what’s going on


      • Don’t know how that link got to you like that. This is the link that should work. http://www.thia-basilia.com/.

        Alright, that out of the way? I am so glad to hear from you! I miss u. I have come a long ways in my journey in the Presence of our Father. Day by day, moment by moment new mercies I see. You have missed a lot of good posts.

        My book is shaping up, learning to do short descriptions. My friend donated me the Elegant theme–I can do wonders with it. All in all I am in the up and up. How are you?


      • I just added that new address to my favorites list. I did switch computers. I will have to get over to visiting and reading on your blog. When you’re hurting, 24/7 and can barely walk anymore.. Here I go starting a pity party for myself. . I guess I’ve never had it so good, my Father hasn’t failed me yet, he thinks I am a pain in the rear at times but lugs me around. My old body is pretty well shot. I just ask the Lord everyday for strength to keep me going. This blogging has been the key to help keep me going so far as I can tell. . It’s hard to stay somewhat happy and keep a decent attitude, I stay off pain meds, goofy enough as is!
        Bless you, stay well and safe up in your roof suite.


      • You precious thing in the hands of the Master Potter. He is molding, churning, shaking, turning over & over again! Have u thought about ginger? Best natural for pain. Drink it. Make a paste , rub it on your joints. putt it on your food. Do likewise with tumeric. The best! I am now pain free, my belly is almost flat, energy, enjoying my 77th. It does not happen overnight, but it happens! Lov u, thia


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