Weather forecasting was not very sophisticated in 1962, and Western Oregon paid a price for that lack.
The Columbus Day storm blew onshore with winds in excess of 100 miles an hour, toppling buildings and trees and more.
Dozens of people died in the storm, described in John Dodge's new book A Deadly Wind. The book is from Oregon State University Press; OSU itself sustained heavy damage in the storm.
The author visits with details of the freak storm and its aftermath.