Ten tornadoes were confirmed Sunday in Colorado during a ferocious spring storm that pelted the Denver metro area with rain.
Extreme weather in other forms was also reported across Colorado. For example, three inches of hail piled up at DIA. Hail slightly larger than a baseball was reported at New Raymer in Weld County.
“We’re in the peak of our severe weather period,” Jim Kalina, spokesman for the NWS, said Monday. It’s not unheard of that Colorado would get 10 tornadoes on the same day.
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— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) May 27, 2019
The first tornado on Sunday was reported at 2:38 p.m. three miles northeast of Wiley in southeast Colorado, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder. At 2:54 p.m., a tornado was spotted 2 miles south of McClave, in southeast Colorado. The tornado was on the ground for about one minute. At 4:10 p.m., a third tornado in southeast Colorado was reported north of Lamar near Sweetwater Reservoir at 4:10 p.m., the NWS says.
Five tornadoes struck Sunday in north-central Colorado, Kalina said.
“They were all in areas where there wasn’t much to damage,” he said. Kalina said they were pretty small and didn’t last very long.
At 4:38 p.m., a tornado was spotted one mile northwest of Keensburg in southern Weld County. The tornado touched down briefly in a field and caused no damage.
At 4:53 p.m., a tornado was confirmed three miles northwest of Roggen in Weld County. It was a brief touch down that was quickly obscured by rain clouds. No damage was reported. A second tornado was reported six miles northwest of Roggen at 5:38 p.m., the NWS reports.
A tornado touched down at 5:32 p.m. seven miles west of Pawnee Buttes in northern Weld County. It touched down on the ground for about five minutes in an open field, the NWS says.
The closest tornado to the Denver area was near Watkins.
At 5:37 p.m., a tornado touched down about one mile south of the Front Range Airport. No damage was reported. A wind gust of 60 mph was reported in Arapahoe Countyt, the NWS reported.
At 6:08 p.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported a tornado five miles southeast of Hugo on the Eastern Plains. Radar readings indicated the tornado may have been on the ground for 10 minutes in open country. No one reported any damage.
The last tornado confirmed in Colorado Sunday night was spotted eight miles north of Sheridan Lake near the Kansas border. The tornado crossed U.S. 385, according to the NWS.