Fiftieth Anniversary Exploration of the 1962 Columbus Day Windstorm

7:30 PM, October 11, 2012 in Kane 120 on the University of Washington Seattle campus

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, unforecast the day before, was the most powerful non-tropical storm to hit the conterminious U.S. over the past century.

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On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the storm,  at 7:30 PM on October 11, 2012, the University of Washington, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, will sponsor a gathering on the UW campus to review the Columbus Day storm and its impact.  Professor Cliff Mass will begin with a description of the nature of the storm and the extreme conditions is produced.  Windstorm expert Wolf Read will compare the storm to other great windstorms and describe some of the massive damage that ensued.  Mr. Mark Cole, present on the Mt. Hebo radar site that day, will tell about the hurricane-force winds that tore about the radar dome, and we expect to have personal testimony from others.  Finally, the audience will be provided time for questions or their own rememberances of that fateful day.  Mr. Steve Pool of KOMO-TV will serve as master of ceremonies.

The gathering will take place in Kane 120 and ask that anyone wishing to attend please register at this site.  Only registrants will be guaranteed admission.

There is no cost for attending this meeting and parking (for a fee) is available in the underground lot beneath Kane Hall. 

Securing the room and its infrastructure will be costly (and unbudgeted) so if any of the attendees would like to provide a contribution to help support this evening (or a gift to the department for research and teaching), you can provide your assistance at the UW Foundation Web Site (Cliff Mass Research Fund).  When you contribute, there is a place for comments, please note the Columbus Day Windstorm gathering.


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The entrance to the parking garage is on 15th Ave NE  (neal...provide a link to a map). 


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