The first installment of “24/7 Weather: Tracking Twisters” airs tonight at 10pm on 7NEWS. We will be airing additional segments throughout the week so stay tuned in!
Severe weather season seemed to pick up quickly in Colorado this past week. The most notable event was a funnel cloud spotted in the north metro area on Wednesday afternoon. Coming off a storm chase trip, it was crazy to see something right here at home, whereas we traveled 2,363 miles last week looking for one! A tornado never touched down but it was a scary sight for those in Commerce City, Thornton, and Northglenn. Tornado sirens went off and we had tornado warnings for Adams and Broomfield counties. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our My Report slideshow of the funnel cloud… not to mention the hail that covered the ground!
It was my first severe weather event since starting at 7News in February. Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are something I grew accustomed to while living and working at the southern tip of Tornado Alley in Austin, Texas. Speaking of which, that was one of the areas hard hit by severe storms over the weekend. Just spoke to a colleague there who said hail 4-5″ in diameter was reported! The storms extended up through Kansas, where TWISTEX was in operation. Their latest update stated they intercepted the supercell that produced a tornado near Topeka, KS. It had strong rotation as it moved over downtown, but the touchdown occurred outside of the city.
You can keep up with TWISTEX on their website for periodic updates about their chase adventures. I hope to get back out with them before their chase season ends!