But scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research say the tornados we see here are a bit different than those that hit the Plains.

"When Colorado gets tornadoes, they're usually much smaller number, and the tornadoes tend to be a little weaker for a number of reasons," meteorologist Robert Henson said. "One is we're further away from the warm, moist air which is the Gulf of Mexico and another reason is that we're at higher altitude, so the thunderstorms are a little shallower. The flow that leads to the thunderstorms is a little bit disrupted simply because we're close to the mountains. So all those add up to the conclusion that we can get tornadoes in the Denver area that are very dangerous and even deadly, but they're not as widespread as they are out here in the Plains."