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Old 03-08-2012, 10:44 PM
 
Location: PNW - Greater Seattle Area
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I was reading about the city of Windsor and saw they had an F3 tornado a few years back. How frequently do tornados occur in the Fort Collins area?
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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While we get quite a bit of wind, actual tornadoes are extremely rare in Fort Collins, or most anywhere west of I-25 in this area. Even the tornado that hit Windsor was pretty rare for Windsor. Having lived here most of the past 40 years, I can't remember any tornadoes in Fort Collins, though I got a photo of a funnel cloud near I-25 and Highway 34 in Loveland in 1997. The more common concern is the severe thunderstorms that can bring wind and hail.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Mike's right, the tornado threat along the I-25 corridor is pretty minimal. Doesn't mean it won't happen, but I certainly wouldn't live in constant fear of them.

We just got back to Denver after 12 years in Dallas (prime tornado country) and we never saw even a single funnel cloud. Tornadoes are much more likely in DFW, and a vast majority of houses (90% or more) there don't have basements.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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Be cautious, but not fearful. I am originally from the NW and the Windsor tornado was frightening, but rare. Last year, there was one on the Oregon coast and south of Portland, so they can happen anywhere. Stay west of I-25 and your cances are reduced. Other than the brown winters, FC is a great climate compared to the NW.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Nutmeg State
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To give you reference of the paucity of tornadoes (as others have already explained): when the tornado hit Windsor many buildings actually started planning out tornado shelters/evacuations etc. I was working in a building about 10 years old, and no one had even thought to do this before. Tornadoes were just on no one's mind.

Growing up in Ohio, and having been drilled on tornado drills in school, there is much less risk of them in FoCo, despite the thread we had a while back on here claiming the contrary.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I live in this area now and am not worried at all.........but I was kinda hesitant when I was checking things out a year or two ago, so I understand your concern...... We do get wind though....we are not that far from WY. We have a high-wind warning radio that is like a little air raid siren that goes off when big winds are coming......it tells us about a day ahead or so...... Life is different here......we no longer have our HUGE glass patio table.....live and learn.........LOL

It's kind of like thinking that everybody living in CA. is going to fall off into the ocean when they have a big earth quake........I lived there for over 57 years and 'survived' many......they don't scare me at all... When we were little kids, we were taught to climb under our desks......if we were in our homes, we stood under door jams, etc.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:12 PM
 
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There's a saying that tornadoes seem to know where I-25 is and they only touch down to the east of it. There's a lot of truth to that, but it certainly isn't a guarantee. There was a tornado in the foothills west of Loveland and one point -- and Woodland Park had a tornado a few years ago. (Woodland Park is well up into the foothills west of Colorado Springs). If Woodland Park can get a tornado, then anywhere can. That said, these were very small tornadoes, and I doubt any serious damage resulted.

The Windsor tornado was very odd, in addition to be EF3. It started to touch down northeast of Brighton, which is not unusual. But instead of moving off to the east, in a very unusual fashion it headed straight northwest. After hitting Windsor with devastating affect, it continued on, crossed I-25 near Wellington and seemed to be headed straight up to Laramie before it finally petered out.

If that tornado had taken a slightly different path, it could have scored a direct hit on Fort Collins.

All that said... I think anywhere west of I-25 in northern Colorado is fairly safe from tornadoes. Safe doesn't equal immune, and I'm sure one day a big tornado may affect the Fort Collins/Loveland area. But that's going to be an exceedingly rare event. Now... east of I-25, that's a different story -- and the futher towards NE/KS you go, the closer to tornado alley you will get.
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