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5 Tornadoes across southeast Colorado - 4/27/2012

Early morning tornadoes like those that occurred on April 27, 2012 are rare in Colorado. The last recorded significant after midnight tornado in southeast Colorado occurred at 1:30 AM on April 30th, 1942 across Bent and Kiowa counties.  The April 27th tornadoes were spawned by a strong storm system interacting with low level moisture which was pulled westward from the central plains into southeast Colorado by the approaching storm system.  No matter what time of day, conditions can be right for powerful storms to develop.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Pueblo surveyed the storm damage across southeast Colorado during Friday, April 28th.  Preliminary findings indicate five tornadoes occurred;  two in Prowers County, two in Kiowa County,  and one in Bent County. 

What lessons can be learned from this episode...

From interviews with government officials and the victims of the tornadoes...

1)  People should have multiple ways to receive vital weather information.

2)  People should stay informed with the latest weather information via NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, local commercial radio and TV stations, and the NWS Pueblo web site.  This episode was being advertised by the National Weather Service and the media a few days in advance.  The timing of the severe weather was especially concerning, being around and after midnight. 

3)  We discovered that some people had their NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio receivers turned off during the episode.  It is important to put your device in standy-by mode, so it will be able to alert and awaken you when a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning is issued by the National Weather Service.

4) Government officials can alert citizens of impending severe weather via a phone call.  It is important to have a corded phone in your dwelling.  Cordless phones that work with a base-station (which uses electricity) are vulnerable to power failures.  If you have a base-station that has battery back up, the battery could potentially be bad, which would be a single point of failure for your cordless phone system.  

5)  Remember, sirens are OUTDOOR warning devices.  There is no guarantee you will hear an outdoor warning siren in the middle of the night when you are asleep.





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