Watch Now! The 1962 Columbus Day Storm

Watch as meteorologist Ted Buehner, who lives in Snohomish County, discusses the historic Columbus Day Storm: what happened, why did it happen, and can it happen again?

The Columbus Day Storm of 1962 was the strongest non-tropical wind storm ever recorded in the lower 48 states. The storm devastated the Pacific Northwest, with winds reaching 150 mph along the coast, and over 100 mph in the interior. Anemometers were destroyed or lost power due to the force of the winds. There were nearly 50 fatalities, hundreds injured, and millions without power for weeks. Millions of dollars of property damage were associated with the storm.

Recorded January 13, 2022