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Old 04-18-2018, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Not Wash Park today.
I ran loops there yesterday (the place was so empty!). I counted 9 trees down on the loop with at least 2 damaged cars. Pretty crazy. Any more go down after 6PM (when I left)?
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Old 04-20-2018, 10:00 AM
 
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Moving away from the front range (into the mountains) is the best way to reduce your wind. Or move waaaay east out of Colorado.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:36 AM
 
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After the wind storm last week we are so done with the wind! My Weatherbug app at one point showed wind gusts at 89mph in our area (Broomfield/Superior/Louisville) -- and this is without any rain or thunder or lightening. Just. Wind.

Again, when we lived near Cincinnati, we did have ONE TIME in 15 years when the winds hit 100mph. It was called a tornado warning.

We're reconsidering buying a home because we just don't want to deal with the damage and disarray the high winds cause on a fairly regular basis here.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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After the wind storm last week we are so done with the wind! My Weatherbug app at one point showed wind gusts at 89mph in our area (Broomfield/Superior/Louisville) -- and this is without any rain or thunder or lightening. Just. Wind.
Yup. We lived in Louisville for a little over 10 years, and my biggest weather complaint for that area is the wind. We initially had a patio table with a glass top, but that didn't last long and boy was it a mess to clean up the shattered glass. So we bought a really heavy one from Costco. That table top must weigh 300 pounds. We still have it (in AZ now).

Had to watch the weather forecast on trash day and recycle day to decide if we should put the bins out. On really windy days the bins on our street could get tipped over. Then there's trash all over the neighborhood and pissed off neighbors.

We never had any serious damage to the house, which I found surprising as there were a few nights the house shook so badly I thought we would lose some windows or even a big part of the roof.
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Moving away from the front range (into the mountains) is the best way to reduce your wind. Or move waaaay east out of Colorado.
you're joking, right? Not windy in the mountains? Estes Park, for example, can and often does have hurricane force winds--enough to shake the whole house.

BTW, I once looked up data on the windiest metros in the US. No, Chicago isn't particularly windy. I recall that Amarillo was one of the windiest (you can tell by the way their shade trees look slightly bent in one direction.)
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:17 PM
 
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you're joking, right? Not windy in the mountains? Estes Park, for example, can and often does have hurricane force winds--enough to shake the whole house.

BTW, I once looked up data on the windiest metros in the US. No, Chicago isn't particularly windy. I recall that Amarillo was one of the windiest (you can tell by the way their shade trees look slightly bent in one direction.)
Wind farms are built in West Texas for good reason.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:39 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Kentucky?
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Old 04-25-2018, 03:18 PM
 
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Moving away from the front range (into the mountains) is the best way to reduce your wind. (
Nope.
I have several friends who live in the foothills west of Boulder and surrounding areas. They frequently have wind gusts in the 90-100 mph range.
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Old 05-03-2018, 11:16 PM
 
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Look for a product called "shade sails." They're triangular or square, made of a durable woven plastic in various sizes and colors. They're made with a catenary cut, like some high-end tents, so they can be pitched taut with no flapping edges. Mine is installed above a deck that faces west, exposed to 80 mph winds on a high ridge that's completely open to the NW gusts. It's been there for over 10 years and looks like new. The key is to secure them with wire cable and turnbuckles, just like a nautical sail. Ours is stretched between the peak of our roof above the deck, a wooden 4x4" post three feet above the rail, and a low hook attached to the house wall. That gives shade from the sun for half the day, anyway.
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Old 05-04-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Look for a product called "shade sails." They're triangular or square, made of a durable woven plastic in various sizes and colors. They're made with a catenary cut.... The key is to secure them with wire cable and turnbuckles, just like a nautical sail. ....
You want to use these with an adequate steel structure to withstand the forces to keep taut.

Our 'sail covers' built like this in coastal Thailand (on 32 floor) were on 150mm (6") dia welded pipe framework!!! no wood to be found anywhere in the attachment or frame system.

Having grown up in WY and NoCo (Haxtun and Estes Park) and now in Columbia Gorge (PNW) Very used to high winds. When the neighbor's cast iron furniture flies by like a kite, you know it's puffin out there.

As a kid, I woke up one morning (near Masonville, CO) and our neighbors new 'modular home' was GONE, blown down completely to the flooring. Furniture, clothes, insulation, sheet rock scattered in a few ravines and against the fences. That left a lasting memory. As did the airborne Chevy Corvair on I-25 at the Berthoud exit (wind gust while passing Semi-truck). Killed 3.

If you are done with wind, you need to get off the CO front range (and points east to appalachia or thereabouts (wind farms there too, so be choosy).

If you need / desire to stay in CO. Use the wind data noted on this thread, consider some sheltered areas within the mtns. (likely WEST of the front range). Topography matters, especially LARGE interruptions bordering the Great Plains! with convergence of Gulf and Jet Stream weather patterns. Surviving the 500yr Big T Flood(s) (twice) is an indication of the magnitude capabilities of Front Range weather. LOTS bigger things could happen!
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