Foot of hail falls in CO

Wild weather creates winter-like driving conditions, tornado

BY ZACHARY HOFFMAN | BOULDER | August 18, 2009


More than a foot of hail accumulated in some areas of Colorado last night as severe thunderstorms tore through the state, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) of Colorado.

Other than minor leaf damage, no damage was reported, though the amount of hail on some roads caused a few surprised motorists to slide off of the roads, according to CoCoRaHS.

The build up of hail lowered temperatures and created what is known as hail fog this morning.

CoCoRaHS and the National Weather Service (NWS) received reports of nickel and penny sized hail in Pueblo and El Paso counties, as well as Calhan, Denver, Franktown, Byers and Parker, CO.

The largest hail reported was one and half inches, ping-pong sized, hail near Franktown and one and three quarter inch hail, golf ball sized, near Calhan.

A tornado was also sighted on the ground for six minutes in Albert County, according to NWS in Boulder, CO.


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