The "Big Blow" of '62
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The Columbus Day Storm occurred on
October 12,1962. Technically a Typhoon
(originally named Frieda) this windstorm,
also called the "Big Blow", was packing
wind gusts up to 170 mph, and sustained
wind speeds of more than 130 mph. The
storm was also responsible for major
flooding on rivers like the Clackamas,
Willamette, and Columbia. The storm
caused millions of dollars of damage.
Even Oregon gets wild weather from time