Uncommon Derecho with peak winds of 110 MPH crossed the state a yr in the past in the present day – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – It’s been a year since a rare weather event called Derecho took place in Colorado. The series of severe thunderstorms formed in the late morning hours of June 6th in southeastern Utah. It traveled northeast at a rapid pace, crossed the continental divide, and eventually reached North Dakota and northwest Minnesota less than 24 hours later.
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The storms knocked down countless trees and cut thousands of electricity. In southwest Denver, a tree impaled a man and his baby daughter when it fell and sent them both to the hospital. The father had to have an operation because of his injuries.
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The National Weather Service received dozens of reports of gusts of wind that met the criteria for severe thunderstorms that are 58 miles per hour or more. In Denver, the wind at the airport was up to 78 mph. At the tip of the Winter Park ski area, the wind was 110 mph.
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The National Weather Service in Boulder has produced an in-depth report on the rare weather event, which is much more common in the eastern United States. Click here to read it.