The Long, Violent 1962 Storm That Inspired the Environmental Movement
100 MPH Winds Killed Millions of Trees in the Pacific Northwest, Changing Its Forests Forever
The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 was the largest, most violent windstorm in the recorded history of the West Coast. Starting on October 12, it swept from Northern California to southern British Columbia over the course of 24 hours, with winds gusting over 100 miles per hour. It killed dozens, injured hundreds more, and damaged or destroyed some 53,000 homes in western Oregon and western Washington.
Fifty years after the storm ripped through the Pacific Northwest, meteorologists still marvel at …