The Columbus Day Storm 50 years later: A Kitsap perspective, Part I

Afternoon, everyone! I hope all of you had a great weekend. It was quite a pleasant and relatively warm first weekend of October, but we have some major changes coming. I will talk about those changes in greater detail tomorrow, so please refer to the seven day forecast below for the summarized version ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now for the big news story: I would like to request some help regarding the 50 year anniversary of one of the most powerful cyclones in 20th century U.S. history, the Columbus Day Storm of October 12th, 1962. As most of you probably know, I was not even close to being around at that time. That is where you come in!

On Friday I will produce a special blog post in relation to the Columbus Day storm, however my goal is to offer a perspective that many probably havenโ€™t seen or heard about. I am requesting pictures and/or experiences from those who were here on the peninsula during the storm or have stories to share. This would be a great help, as I only have information in regards to how the Northwest was affected as a whole.

If you have any stories, experiences or photos you would like to share for this story, please e-mail me at:

Thank you! Your help is much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap

2 thoughts on “The Columbus Day Storm 50 years later: A Kitsap perspective, Part I

  1. I was in high school in Tillamook Oregon. I have definite memories of the storm. We lived in a mobile home in a mobile home park on the east side of town. I was used to storms in Oregon but this was the worst I’d seen ever. I was scared our mobile home was going to flip on its side. Our neighbors who lived behind us came and told us they were afraid of their trailer blowing over and were leaving to go to another family or friends home. At the worst of the windstorm we heard a huge crashing sound. My sister and I went to see what the noise was, the roof of our neighbors’ living room (it was an extended room on the side of the trailer) had blown open like a can opener had ripped it off. We ran over and got inside the trailer and moved as much of the furniture as we could out of the driving rain and into part of the trailer that still had a roof on it.I spent part of the night in our car because it was smaller and I felt safer than in the house. One of the lasting memories of the aftermath was the downed trees everywhere and the dead and bloated dairy cows in the flooded pastures in Tillamook county. I hope to never see such a storm again in this lifetime

  2. I was only 3 at the time. The Columbus Day storm is my earliest memory. We lived in Aloha, Oregon and we lost power. I remember the candles and cooking dinner in the fireplace. I thought it was fun.

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