50th Anniversary of 1962 Columbus Day Storm Kane Hall, 120. Seattle Campus
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Date: Thursday, October 11, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
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.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the storm, the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences will sponsor a gathering on UW campus to review the Columbus Day storm and its impacts. Professor Cliff Mass will begin with a description of the nature of the storm and the extreme conditions it produced. Windstorm expert Wolf Read will compare the storm to other great Northwest windstorms and describe some of the massive damage that ensued. Mr. Mark Cole, present at the Mt. Hebo radar site that day, will tell about the hurricane-force winds that tore open the radar dome, and we expect a personal testimony from others. Finally, the audience will be provided time for questions or their own remembrences of that fateful day. Mr. Steve Pool of KOMO-TV will serve as master of ceremonies.
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