April 22, 2010 Tornado Outbreak: COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE...

On the afternoon of April 22nd, a well advertised round of severe weather struck Southern Colorado.  Now, these weren't just ordinary storms.  They were dangerous, tornadic supercells that were capable of tornadoes and large hail.  We don't see these types of storms all that often here in Southern Colorado.  Yes, we get storms that produce tornadoes, but not quite like these.  The 11 Weather Team went with continuous coverage of the event from 1:10pm through 3:45pm.  By that time, the threat had passed to our east.  But for a time, we had tornadoes threatening several towns on the Southeast Plains, with one passing just 2 miles to the west of Eads.  Bottomline, this particular afternoon could have been A LOT worse than it was.  The links will take you to the final writeups from the NWS in Pueblo:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/pub/22%20APR%20event.pdf  ( Preliminary Writeup with pics and discussion )

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=pub&storyid=51280&source=0  ( Final Damage Survey Assessment )

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe


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