BOOKS: An all-time windstorm

Jan 24th, 2019 | By | Category: Lifestyles

Thousands who survived it remember the Columbus Day Storm of 1962 that slammed western Washington and the West Coast from northern California to British Columbia. Ferocious wind topping 100 miles per hour killed dozens, injured hundreds and damaged more than 50,000 homes. The closest-matching storm of its kind in the U.S. was Superstorm Sandy in 2012 on the East Coast. A big difference between the two is that Sandy was predicted days in advance, while the Columbus Day Storm caught weather forecasters by surprise. As detailed in “A Deadly Wind” (Oregon State University Press) by newspaper journalist-turned-author John Dodge of Olympia, the storm is a cautionary tale (spiced with human drama and Cold War tension) and the Pacific Northwest benchmark for severe weather in this era of climate change.