Colorado ranks near top nationally in tornado activity

A tornado touches down at Denver International Airport  on Tuesday afternoon,  June 18, 2013. The Nation Weather Service rated it as an EF1 that registered 97 mph winds sparking the evacuation of the airports common areas, but no injuries were reported.

The tornado sighting that set off alarms and frightened passengers at Denver International Airport Tuesday afternoon was a startling reminder that Colorado is indeed twister country. Since 1950, only six other states have experienced more tornadoes than the 1,948 documented here, an I-News examination of federal weather data found. Two of the state’s fastest-growing counties – Weld and Adams, which surrounds DIA – had the most tornadoes during that 63-year span. Combined, they accounted for 410 tornadoes, more than one of every five. In addition, the Weld County town of Windsor experienced the most destructive twister in state history. Continue Reading →

Map: Colorado Tornadoes 1950-2012

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Only six other states have had more tornadoes than Colorado in the last 63 years. And while the state’s twisters have never been recorded as powerful as the EF5 weather monsters that wreaked death and destruction on Oklahoma last month, they are relatively common – 1,948 tornadoes since 1950. Continue Reading →