History of tornadoes in Colorado

KUSA - Tornadoes can pop up at any point during the morning, day or night, but studies have shown they're more prone to develop during the late afternoon between the hours of 3 and 9 p.m.

Wednesday evening's tornado in Hugo was a rarity because it happened around 10:30 p.m.

The tornado before Hugo's to cause damage happened in April 2013 in Holyoke. That twister popped up around 8:30 p.m., destroyed a pole barn, flipped over some planes and damaged several structures.

Prior to that, the big twister in Limon from 1990 happened around 8 p.m., almost 24 years ago to this day. No one was killed, but a good chunk of downtown Limon was leveled.

The Windsor Tornado from 2008 was also rare because it happened right before noon. That tornado was a mile wide and packed a huge punch, killing one person and carving out a decent chunk of Weld County.

The Holly tornado from 2007 happened at 8:11 p.m. and also killed one person.

Tornadoes in Colorado are common on the plains, but a majority of them pop up in Weld County.

Typical tornadoes don't last long – only a few minutes - but each one is unique in the sense it has its own color, sound and shape.

There's no way to outrun the fastest tornadoes as you would have to drive faster than 70 mph to beat it.

On average, Colorado sees about 60 tornadoes per season.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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