Monday, 15 April 2013

Colorado prepares for spring storms with Severe Weather Awareness Week

Colorado prepares for spring storms with Severe Weather Awareness Week, As the days get longer and the temperatures start to warm up, the weather in Colorado oftentimes takes a turn for the worst with a variety of damaging weather conditions. Governor John Hickenlooper has declared this week Colorado Severe Weather Awareness Week to ensure residents are prepared for the coming severe weather season.

Tornadoes, lightning, hail, severe wind and flooding are very real hazards that Coloradans face every year during severe weather season. It is important that you know what to do to protect you and your family.

Just four years ago in what was Denver's weather story of the year, we suffered through a period of unusually severe weather including a tornado that ripped through the Southlands Mall.

Five years ago on May 22nd an EF3 tornado raced north through Weld and Larimer counties resulting in one fatality near Windsor. One man was killed, several injuries were reported and the tornado destroyed or heavily damaged hundreds of homes.

Six years ago, on March 28, 2007 the town of Holly was heavily damaged by another EF3 tornado that resulted in two fatalities.

Tornadoes may get all the press but other severe weather can be damaging and deadly.

Sixteen years ago on July 28, 1997 a devastating flash flood occurred in Fort Collins resulting in 5 fatalities and millions of dollars in damage.

It was 37 years ago that thunderstorms brought a raging torrent of water down the Big Thompson and caused one of Colorado’s worst natural disasters. Three years hail struck the Thornton area causing damage to homes and vehicles.

In conjunction with the National Weather Service’s statements on Severe Weather Awareness Week, the Denver Weather Examiner will be publishing our Severe Weather 101 series. Each day this coming week a weather hazard will be discussed in depth and we will outline protective measures you can take to keep yourself and your family safe. Please be sure to check back every day to read these important messages.

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