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Old 05-16-2019, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I suppose Colorado can be very windy west of Denver, but not east of Denver where its very beautiful and which is the place to be if you're in Colorado.
Makes sense. That must be why there are all those snow ski resorts in Limon and Sterling and why Aspen is full of feedlots and grain elevators.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:11 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I suppose Colorado can be very windy west of Denver, but not east of Denver where its very beautiful and which is the place to be if you're in Colorado.
Denver is in Colorado?

in my 30+ yrs in CO and 30 + going back and forth..., I always considered Denver was in Kansas.
1) That description won't 'disappoint' the kids that move to Denver thinking it is in the mtns.
2) You have to drive nearly to Kansas to get to Denver
3) Denver is prairie...

Yes, east of Denver is where you want to be (Kansas and Nebraska) and SD!

Where the strong wind comes in tall circles!

CO Winds are usually strongest near the foothills / mtn faces. Boulder and CoS get plenty of 50 mph+ winds (and each have a LOT of Prii.)
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Old 01-12-2020, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Usually 'averages', not peak gusts. Most of the prairie has constant wind (moderate). While living in NE I can remember months of wind. In Colorado... wind terror. Nights when the house shook. One morning our neighbor's new home was GONE, blown away. Furniture and insulation and clothes strewn across several miles of open field.

In hundreds of trips through NE, I have never seen a stretch of NE when semi-trucks were lying on their sides, (in fact I have never seen ONE blown over in NE, but probably has happened) but this is common in WY. (especially near Chugwater (I-25) and Elk Mtn (I-80)).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA16ivK6iDI

When moving across WY, we stopped at a rest area to use the bathroom, when we came out, our moving truck had blown across the parking lot (on the ice). Fortunately it hit the curb, so wasn't stuck, We got back in and kept driving.

Where we live now, we get frequent 80 mph winds and freezing rain. I drive a 1600# car, but have a 3,050# back-up.
I-25 near Walsenburg, Colorado is another nasty area for high winds.
I have heard of several trucks being blown over in Nebraska (I live here) but I have NEVER seen it. I have seen it dozens of times in Wyoming however, elk Mountain and Chugwater. However Just north of Salt Lake City in the late 1980s railroad cars sitting on a side track were blown over. I saw the aftermath of that the next day. I had holed up in a truck stop so I could be safe.

Sometime in the 1980s I had spent the night in a TruckStop at Rawlins, Wyoming. The wind had been really nasty during the night and I could feel it rocking my fully loaded truck while I was in the sleeper. The next morning I went in to the Cafe to eat breakfast and I noticed a rig laying on its side in the front row. When I was by the phones I overheard a driver trying to tell his dispatcher that he needed a wrecker sent out to haul away his rig. Evidently the dispatcher wasn't buying his story.
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Old 01-12-2020, 01:34 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Makes sense. That must be why there are all those snow ski resorts in Limon and Sterling and why Aspen is full of feedlots and grain elevators.
Greeley has a lil ski run called sharktooth. Pony pull
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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I-25 near Walsenburg, Colorado is another nasty area for high winds.
I have heard of several trucks being blown over in Nebraska (I live here) but I have NEVER seen it. I have seen it dozens of times in Wyoming however, elk Mountain and Chugwater. However Just north of Salt Lake City in the late 1980s railroad cars sitting on a side track were blown over. I saw the aftermath of that the next day. I had holed up in a truck stop so I could be safe.

Sometime in the 1980s I had spent the night in a TruckStop at Rawlins, Wyoming. The wind had been really nasty during the night and I could feel it rocking my fully loaded truck while I was in the sleeper. The next morning I went in to the Cafe to eat breakfast and I noticed a rig laying on its side in the front row. When I was by the phones I overheard a driver trying to tell his dispatcher that he needed a wrecker sent out to haul away his rig. Evidently the dispatcher wasn't buying his story.
The worst truck carnage I have ever seen was outside Iowa City. I spent the night at my daughters place and experienced "thunder/lightening" snow. Snowing hard while lightening lit the sky and then rumbled. I've lived in this SE South Dakota 400 miles from there my whole life. I've never seen anything like it.

This snow landed after it rained so everything was icy underneath. Early the next morning trucks trying to head west from Iowa City's hills got hit with a 40 mph north wind on the totally ice covered Interstate 80.

I'm not exaggerating when I say there had to have been at least 20 - 30 semi's on their side on the interstate between Iowa City and Des Moines. Mostly just outside of Iowa City.

This area isn't much different from much of Nebraska.
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