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May 11, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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1962 Columbus Day Storm

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Journalist John Dodge talks about his book about the storm, "A Deadly Wind."

Join journalist John Dodge for an illustrated talk based on his book, “A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm.” A freak of nature, the storm brought deadly winds topping 100 miles per hour, killing dozens, injuring hundreds, damaging more than 50,000 homes, and creating enough timber to build one million homes. This compelling story is spiced with human drama, Cold War tension, and Pacific Northwest history.

The Columbus Day windstorm fueled the Asian log export market, helped give birth to the Oregon wine industry, and influenced the 1962 World Series. It remains a cautionary tale and the Pacific Northwest benchmark for severe windstorms in this era of climate change and weather uncertainty. From its genesis in the Marshall Islands to its final hours on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the storm plowed an unparalleled path of destruction.