Tornado Outbreak: 14 Tornadoes Hit Colorado in 2 Hours

May 30, 2018 Updated: September 28, 2018

Reports say that 14 tornadoes hit Colorado in less than two hours on Monday, May 28.

Seven were reported in Washington County, three hit Kit Carson County, two were reported in Morgan County, and two hit Weld County, KDVR in Denver reported. They hit Colorado between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The tornadoes didn’t cause much damage or any injuries. CBS Denver reported that there was damage done to a carport and garage in Cope.

Colorado experiences the most tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in May and June, the CBS report noted.

“Tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, including Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Even New Zealand reports about 20 tornadoes each year. Two of the highest concentrations of tornadoes outside the U.S. are Argentina and Bangladesh,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website.

Some 1,200 tornadoes hit the United States each year, the NOAA says.

“The peak ‘tornado season’ for the Southern Plains is during May into early June. On the Gulf coast, it is earlier during the spring. In the northern plains and upper Midwest, tornado season is in June or July. But, remember, tornadoes can happen at any time of year. Tornadoes can also happen at any time of day or night, but most tornadoes occur between 4–9 p.m.,” the agency says.

It notes that a tornado watch is different than a tornado warning. A watch means that people should prepare for severe weather and stay tuned for updates. A warning means that a tornado has been reported by spotters or discovered via radar, and there is a threat to property or life. It means that people in the area should immediately take shelter.

The NOAA adds that officials don’t fully understand how tornadoes are formed, but it notes that the “most destructive and deadly tornadoes occur from supercells, which are rotating thunderstorms with a well-defined radar circulation called a mesocyclone.”


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