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Severe Weather 101 – Lightning and lightning safety

Friday, April 21st, 2017 5:08am MDT

Of all the weather types associated with thunderstorms – hail, tornadoes, floods, etc – lightning is usually the most dangerous. In the United States there are an estimated 25 million cloud to ground lightning flashes each year and each one is a potential threat to life and property. During the past 10 years there has […]

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Severe Weather 101 – Hail and Wind

Thursday, April 20th, 2017 5:19am MDT

During the spring and summer months in Colorado, a wide array of severe weather can strike. Tornadoes may grab all the headlines, but straight line winds and hail can do a great amount of damage in their own right – and they are more common. Straight line winds are winds out of a thunderstorm and […]

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Severe Weather 101 – Floods and Flash Floods

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 5:10am MDT

For much of Colorado, floods and flash floods present a grave danger to life and property. These usually are the result of one of two things – spring snow melt occurring rapidly or a severe thunderstorm. Colorado is very susceptible to flash flooding and these occur somewhere every year in the state. The waters from […]

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Severe Weather 101 – Tornadoes and tornado safety

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 5:09am MDT

One fact that may surprise those new to Colorado is that we are actually on the western edge of the infamous Tornado Alley. This large swath of land comprises much of the nation’s midsection and is a unique place as the United States sees more tornadoes than any other place on earth. In fact, tornadoes […]

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Severe Weather 101 – Watches, Warnings and More

Monday, April 17th, 2017 5:05am MDT

We’ve all seen TV or Internet news of a weather related watch or warning being issued. But, how many really know what they mean? There is a pretty big difference between the two and it is important to be aware just what it means to you so you can take the appropriate precautions. Dozens of […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week in Colorado gets started

Sunday, April 16th, 2017 6:00am MDT

As is customary, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has declared this coming week Severe Weather Awareness Week.  This is an opportunity for the public to get reacquainted with the dangers severe weather presents in Colorado. Tornadoes, lightning, hail, severe wind and flooding are very real hazards that Coloradans face every year during severe weather season.  It […]

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New Weather Satellite Sends First Lightning Images

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 5:47am MDT

Since its launch in November and going online a few weeks later, the GOES-16 weather satellite has already sent back a trove of invaluable data to its operator, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). And the country’s most advanced weather satellite began Monday transmitting to Earth images and data related to lightning over the […]

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May 7, 2016 Eastern Colorado tornadoes rated at EF-2s

Monday, May 9th, 2016 5:17am MDT

Severe weather struck the plains of Colorado on Saturday spawning multiple tornadoes.  The two most powerful of these, one near Wiggins and another near Wray, have been rated EF-2s on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage and injuries from both twisters were relatively light, certainly not as bad as they could have been. The tornado west […]

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From ‘biblical’ floods to deadly heat, 2015 was a year of weather worsts

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 5:26am MDT

The weather seemed to dominate headlines in 2015 — not one continent was spared from some sort of extreme weather event. Antarctica The southernmost continent, mostly covered in ice, kilometres deep in places and spread over 14 million square kilometres, recorded its warmest day on record in 2015. On March 24, temperatures at Esperanza Base, […]

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Stormchasers capture photo and video of stunning supercell in Wyoming

Monday, May 19th, 2014 1:11pm MDT

Spring brings severe weather to the Great Plains and with those storms comes stormchasers.  One group of chasers captured video and photos of a supercell’s amazing structure as it moved across northeastern Wyoming. The video, taken by Basehunters, shows the motion of the swirling mass of a low precipitation supercell near Newcastle.  Still imagery provides […]

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