Elbert County Tornado and EF-2

In size, the Elbert County tornado was a big one.  However, tornado size doesn't always mean that it is a strong tornado.  This tornado at its widest was about a quarter of a mile wide.  No doubt, a big tornado anywhere let alone Colorado.  However, most of the damage was done by EF-1 and EF-2 winds.  Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities.  Below is the damage survey information from the National Weather Service Office in Boulder: 

The National Weather Service in Boulder conducted a storm survey for the June 15th Elbert County Tornadoes.   There were three separate tornadoes.   The strongest tornado began 8 miles south southwest of Elizabeth with an EF0 rating.   This tornado then moved southeast and intensified with EF1 an EF2 damage noted 9 miles south of Elizabeth.   The tornado then moved on a more southerly track for the next 2 miles with additional EF1 an EF2 damage seen.   The tornado then continued southward for another mile before lifting with some EF0 and EF1 damage seen.   The total path length was around 4 miles with the maximum width around 1/4 mile at its peak.

Two additional short lived tornadoes occurred with one 4 miles south of Elbert and the other 5 miles southeast of  Elbert.  Both of these tornadoes were rated EF0.

Here are some pictures of damage associated with the tornado 8 to 9 miles south of Elizabeth.


Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe


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  • by my.02 on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    Thanks Brian..
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Jun 28, 2009 at 09:24 PM
    Isolated means the storms will be pretty few and far between. Scattered means the storms will be more numerous. Thus, there is a better overall chance for rain when "scattered" is mentioned. Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by my.02 on Jun 26, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    So, what's the difference between scattered storms, and isolated storms? Curious..
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Jun 21, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    Thanks for the kind words Steve. I have seen a lot of tornado damage, and have tried to pride myself in knowing how to classify tornado damage. The National Weather Service are the guys that give the official classification and they do a great job. However, through enough experience it becomes easier to tell what type of tornado did what type of damage. Thanks for reading our blog!
  • by Steve Location: Colo Spgs on Jun 21, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    Brian, you knew what kind of damage the tornados did before the NWS showed up to survey the damage. It is always nice to know that we have the best meteorologist in town. No other station did what you see in the pictures..Thank you.
  • by Tim Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:45 PM
    Damage surveys bring with them the word "amazing" repeatedly. They just go to show, no matter the research Vortex2, or any other project, concludes, Mother Nature's fury will remain a mystery!
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