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May 25, 2010 Severe Weather Outbreak & The Limon F-3

Given all that has happened this year with severe storms, we have been very lucky that they have been pretty isolated and haven't impacted very populated communities.  Very lucky...  Here is a write up from of May 25th, courtesy of the NWS Office in Pueblo:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=pub&storyid=52912&source=0

Since April, areas along and east of HWY 71 have been hit pretty hard with severe weather.  Many of the storms have also produced tornadoes.  Fortunately, damage has been kept to a minimum and there haven't been any inuries.  However, we are entering the peak of severe weather season for Colorado, and we all have to be on guard.  Funny, seems like we've been dealing with severe storms for a while now...  Some of our more recent blog posts have been about the severe weather.

Anyhow, early to mid June can be a particularly nasty time of year for big hail and tornadoes in Colorado.  One of the more famous Colorado tornadoes occurred on June 6th, 1990...Limon.  Below is one of the rare pictures of the supercell and the large tornado that hit Limon that evening:

 

The tornado is kind of hard to see, but if you look hard you can see the wedge touching the ground right in the middle of the picture.  In addition to the F-3 tornado, giant hail occurred with this storm.  Even 20 years later, many folks still compare the storms we see today to that bad one that hit Limon.  You don't see storms like that very often, here in Colorado.  I was working on my Dad's ranch 40 miles SE of Limon, and remember that was the biggest and worst looking cloud I had ever seen.  Little did I know what was going on at the time, until 850 KOA radio reported that Limon had been devastated.  This storm will always have a special place in my memory, as it was my first supercell that I actually remember.  I post the pure science behind the Limon tornado from time to time, so for you weather junkies, here it is again:  http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/resources/docs/limon.pdf   Both John Weaver and James Purdom are a couple of my meteorological heroes.  Very smart guys..

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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