50th Anniversary of 1962 Columbus Day Storm

Videos of presentations about the storm given on Thursday, October 11 at Kane Hall on the University of Washington Campus

Columbus Day Storm 2 horse statue

On October 12, 1962 the most powerful and damaging storm since the arrival of European settlers struck the Pacific Northwest, bringing winds exceeding 100 mph as well as extensive loss of life and property. It is believed that this storm was the most powerful non-tropical storm to hit the conterminious U.S. over the past century

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the storm, the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences organized a gathering to review the Columbus Day storm and its impacts.  Professor Cliff Mass began with a description of the nature of the storm and the extreme conditions it produced. Windstorm expert Wolf  Read compared the storm to other great Northwest windstorms and described some of the massive damage that ensued. Mr. Mark Cole, present at the Mt. Hebo radar site that day, told about the hurricane-force winds that Columbus Day Storm 1 tore open the radar dome. We ended with personal remembrances and comments from the audience.  Mr. Steve Pool of KOMO-TV was master of ceremonies.

Videos of the presentations are available on the Web at various resolutions using the following links:

Powerpoints of the presentations are also available:

This gathering was underwritten by the Cliff Mass Weather Research Fund.

Columbus Day Storm 3, map