When is Colorado Most Prone to Tornadoes?
Colorado tornadoes might not be as regular or ferocious as those in Oklahoma, Texas, and other parts of the Midwest, but they do occur.
There is an average of 40 tornados a year in Colorado. Most Colorado tornadoes head from a southwest to northeast direction.
Although, tornadoes can take place at any time of day, approximately 75 percent of Colorado tornadoes happen between noon and 7:00 p.m. Around 40 confirmed tornadoes happen yearly.
Colorado residents are most prone to tornadoes between May and August. As a matter of fact, over 90% of all Colorado tornadoes occur during these months.
There have only been a couple of deaths reported from Colorado tornadoes since the 1950s.
What Should You Do if a Tornado Is Imminent?
There are two types of notifications for tornadoes.
- Tornado Watch – A tornado watch signifies that the weather conditions are dire enough that they could turn into an eventual tornado. This is when you want to keep an eye out on the weather, and listen for possible weather updates.
- Tornado Warning – A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted by the human eye, or it has been spotted by weather radar. This is when you need to take quick cover.
If you are out in the open, and the sky gets dark, followed by gusting winds, you probably want to move to a safe place, like in a ditch, or reach a building if you can. If you can make it inside, you should take cover in a basement shelter, or other safe area of your house. If you don’t have a basement or storm shelter, take cover underneath a table. Put your hands behind your head and crouch down.
Tornadoes are unpredictable and can be very dangerous. Just because there have only been a couple of fatalities in Colorado tornadoes over the past couple of decades, doesn’t mean that a strong tornado cannot strike without warning. Always be cautious during any kind of bad weather.