Notable Colorado Tornadoes

Notable Colorado tornadoes:

  • Nov. 4, 1922: A freak late fall tornado hit a farmhouse in Lincoln County at 5 a.m., killing 4 and injuring 25 others, and later that morning it hit a school in the Holyoke area, killing 1 and injuring 3.
  • Aug. 10, 1924: A tornado hit just east of the High Plains hamlet of Thurman, killing 10 people – 9 of them children – at a farmhouse.
  • June 27, 1960: An early evening twister that was on the ground for six miles north of Holyoke in Northeast Colorado killed two motorists and injured three other people.
  • Oct. 17, 1971: A relatively rare October tornado injured 9 people and caused more than $1 million in damage after touching down on the south side of Wray just after 9 p.m. and barreling up Main Street.
  • June 3, 1981: A twister that skipped across Thornton inflicted millions in damage an injured at least 42 people.
  • June 18, 1987: A twister that was on the ground for about a mile touched down at an elevation of roughly 9,000 feet at Colorado State University’s Pingree Park campus, uprooting an estimated 1,500 trees and destroying a just-completed ropes course.
  • June 6, 1990: A tornado that hit Limon just before 9 p.m. inflicted severe damage but no serious injuries.
  • March 28, 2007: A powerful twister that was on the ground for more than 30 miles killed two people, injured several others, and wiped out homes and other buildings in Holly.
  • May 22, 2008: A tornado that hit Windsor killed one person, injured 78 others and inflicted heavy damage along its 38-mile path.
  • July 30, 2012: A small but well-defined twister touched down at an elevation of 11,900 on Mount Evans – believed to be the second highest tornado ever recorded.

Source: Tornado Project; National Weather Service; The Denver Post; Tornado History Project

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