Colorado tornado facts since 1950

Top months for tornadoes

  • June – 714
  • July – 422
  • May – 422
  • August – 192
  • April – 90
  • September – 45
  • October – 39
  • March – 22
  • Feb. – 2

Top five tornados for injuries

  • May 22, 2008 – 78 injuries, one fatality, Windsor
  • June 3, 1981 – 42 injuries, Thornton
  • June 6, 1990 – 14 injuries, Limon
  • Oct. 17, 1971 – 9 injuries, Wray
  • March 28, 2007 – 9 injuries , 2 fatalities, Holly

Top cluster of tornadoes

Within three minutes at around 7:25 p.m., on May 28, 2001, three different tornados hit El Paso County, injuring a total of 13 people, (two injured four people, and one injured five people)

Top 5 counties for tornadoes

  • Weld – 252
  • Adams – 158
  • Washington – 133
  • Elbert – 101
  • Kit Carson – 93

Top 5 years for tornados

  • 1996 – 98
  • 2004 – 84
  • 1992 – 81
  • 1991 – 76
  • 2010 – 71
  • 1993 – 71

Top 5 tornadoes in miles traveled

  • May 22, 2008 – Windsor – 38.7 miles
  • June 18, 1951 – Crowley and Otero counties – 29.9 miles
  • March 28, 2007 – Prowers and Kiowa counties (Holly) – 28 miles
  • Sept. 18, 1986 – Morgan County – 25 miles
  • June 9, 1990 – Larimer and Weld counties – 23 miles
  • May 17, 1962 – Baca County – 23 miles

Top 5 widest tornados

  • May 22, 2008 – Windsor – 1,760 yards
  • June 17, 1953 – Conejos County – 1,417 yards
  • July 5, 2000 – Logan County – 1,320 yards
  • June 9, 2001 – Lincoln County – 1,320 yards
  • May 5, 1996 – Washington County – 1,320 yards

Most destructive (property damage) since 1996

  • $147 million – Windsor – May 22, 2008
  • $8 million – El Paso County – May 28, 2001 (two others occurred at the same time in El Paso that caused a total of $120,000 in damage)
  • $6 million – Arapahoe County – Aug. 29, 2002
  • $4.01 million – Prowers and Kiowa counties (Holly) – March 28, 2007
  • $4 million – Lincoln County – May 31, 1999

Before 1996, there were three tornados that caused between $5 million and $50 million in damages:

  • June 6, 1990 – Limon
  • June 15, 1988 – Denver
  • June 6, 1981 – Thornton
  • 8 other tornadoes caused between $500,000 and $5 million in property damage.

Time of the day tornadoes are most likely

  • 72 – Midnight to noon
  • 161 – 12:01 to 2 p.m.
  • 192 – 2:01 to 3 p.m.
  • 294 – 3:01 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • 264 – 4:01 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • 270 – 5:01 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • 235 – 6:01 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • 191 – 7:01 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • 132 – 8:01 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • 136 – 9:01 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.

Source: An I-News analysis of 63 years of tornado data kept by the National Weather Service

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