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Old 10-27-2011, 12:22 AM
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ok so I'm moving to Colorado Springs from Knoxville TN and being terrified of big storms and tornadoes, I am wondering if Colorado Springs gets tornadoes and if they do how bad are they.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:22 AM
Location: Avondale, AZ
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Tornados are very rare in this area. There was one last year east of COS in Falcon. It was huge news. I remember an eyewitness estimating the tornado as 4 or 5. It didn't even make the Fujita scale. More like a dust devil. A few years ago there was a tiny one north of us. I posted a picture of it on here somewhere. Lasted only a minute and disappeared. I think the mountains have a way of protecting us from the ingredients needed to produce those huge tornados you see in the plains.
I worry more about hail than any other natural disaster. It can destroy your roof and really mess up your car. No real danger to personal health though.
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:58 AM
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Near the foothills you occasionally see a funnel cloud. The seem to only touch down more towards the plains.
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:09 AM
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Been here 20 years, Never heard of one in the Springs. All are north west of Denver.
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:28 AM
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However, when watching the news in Colorado Springs during the summer, you'll see a lot of tornado coverage on the news/weather reports, covering all of the T-storms/tornadoes/etc that occur on the eastern plains.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:54 PM
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Tornadoes are rare in Colorado Springs, however, do not think it is some storm-free utopia in the summer. Colorado Springs is one of the most thunderstorm-prone locales in the United States during the summer months, averaging 50+ thunderstorms from May-September. Some of those storms do indeed go severe, the most common feature being large hail. Colorado Springs sits in "Hail Alley"--a strip running north from the Springs all the way to southeast Wyoming--where the largest number of hailstorms occur annually in the US. Hail golfball size or bigger does occur with some regularity. Colorado Springs is very lightning-prone, as well, with lightning injuries and deaths there (along with much of Colorado) having one of the highest rates in the nation. Colorado Springs' lightning reputation extends way back--enough so that Nikola Tesla, the famous scientist who developed much of modern electrical theory, lived there for a time in order to conduct lightning experiments.

If you love thunderstorms, as I do, the Springs is an interesting place to be; if you hate them, look for somewhere else to live.
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:06 PM
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You're coming from Tennessee and you are worried about big storms and tornadoes in Colorado Springs?
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:22 PM
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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My stepmother told me a tornado hit Manitou about 40 years and and did some significant damage, but I'm not sure how to verify it. That's gotta be super rare though. The Springs gets some bad ass t-storms, but i"ve never seen anything coming close to a tornado.

Update: Ok, it was 30 years ago.

ANd this is from the Colorado Springs city government website:
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