“The most destructive windstorm of recorded history in the Pacific Northwest occurred on October 12, 1962.”
“The blowdown of timber in western Oregon and western
Washington amounted to more than 11 billion bd. ft.,
approximately equal to the annual cut in the two States.”
13 Oct 1962, Page 1 – The Eugene Guard at Newspapers.com
13 Oct 1962, Page 1 – The Daily Chronicle at Newspapers.com
It was the second deadly storm in two days.
12 Oct 1962, Page 1 – The Eugene Guard at Newspapers.com
CORRECTIONS per IPCC and NOAA real weather related data only became factual after 1970s- time before from 800,000 BC to 1970 is just speculation
I lived through that one. A gust of wind nearly blew out our single-pane living room picture window. I called for my mother, and together we held it in more or less in place until Dad came home and propped it up with 2 x 4s. The damage was widespread and severe. Recent heavy rains had contributed to the loss of many trees and significant property damage. The resulting power outage lasted 2-3 weeks.
That 170-mph gust occurred at Mt. Hebo on the coast and broke broke the wind gauge. It’s possible that the wind exceeded that threshold.