3 Rare, High Elevation Tornadoes Included

DENVER (CBS4) – June lived up to it’s reputation for being an active severe weather month across Colorado.

In fact, it was well above average, with 34 tornadoes reported, along with dozens of high wind and large hail reports.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

According to the National Climatic Data Center, between 1991-2010, Colorado averaged 18 tornadoes during June, with 53 tornadoes each year.

June was an active month for much of the Midwestern United States, with Colorado ranking second, for the most number of tornadoes.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

In the days and weeks ahead, the folks at the National Weather Service will work to verify the tornadoes by going back through radar data and making sure none were duplicated by storm spotters.


Tornadoes were reported on 10 days during the month of June, touching down in Adams, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, Las Animas, Lincoln, Morgan, Park, Sedgwick, Washington and Weld Counties.

One of the more memorable tornado days was June 8th, when three rare, high-altitude tornadoes touched down during the late morning hours in Park County.

MORE: 3 Rare Tornadoes Confirmed In Park County

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

On the same day, a tornado touched down during a golf tournament at the Blackstone Country Club, in southeast Aurora.

The twister injured a man when winds flipped his golf cart, pinning him to the ground.

On June 21st, a tornado swept through a farm in Hudson, destroying a barn as a man hid inside. He had quite a story to tell afterward, including, seeing the storm rip a tree out of the ground.


June was dominated by a very active weather pattern as a series of upper-level weather disturbances crossed Colorado.

Severe thunderstorms were reported in the Denver metro area on June 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th.

Thunder was observed at the official Denver weather station on 16 days during the month with hail reported on 3 days.

A peak wind gust of 55 miles per hour out of the southwest was measured at Denver International Airport on June 18th.


The CBS4 Mobile Weather Lab was deployed during each of the severe weather events in June, reporting on the dangerous weather conditions, in an effort to keep you ahead of the storm.

Here are some of the highlights from our storm chases.


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