A strong Hailstorm in Denver happened this may. “Hail, the breakfast of champions,” read one of the tweets. Later, Denver residents would find themselves battling accidents, sheets of rain and hail, and slick roads on Interstate 25.
This was complimented by thunder, lightning, and snow in the mountains. According to Denver weather, the Rocky Mountain National Park could get anywhere from 8 to 16 inches of snow. Also, Rabbit Ears Pass could get 4 to 10 inches of snow.
Add to the fun some massive rain and you also have some serious flooding. And then, there were the eight tornadoes that touched down in northeast Colorado.
The tornado nearest to the Denver metro area was spotted just before 5 p.m. about 1 mile south of Lochbuie, east of Brighton.
“Storms also dropped quarter-sized to tennis-ball-sized hail in several parts of northern and northeastern Colorado.” said Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder. Heavy rains prompted flash flooding on streets and fields in the Julesburg area at about 6:30 p.m.
A crazy week of weather in Denver
The biggest concern was the quarter sized hail. Furthermore, it was expected to cause a lot damage to many homes, businesses, and vehicles in the area.
Hail, that according to CBS News, is worse this year than any year on record.
Hail now costs the U.S. as much as $22 billion a year in damage to homes, cars, crops, people and more, and baseball-sized hail stones are common, but the biggest this year was the size of a grapefruit and weighed more than half a pound.
To put things in perspective, a dime-sized hailstone falls at 20 miles per hour. Meanwhile, a baseball-sized one of 3 to 3 ½ inches can reach between 80 and 110 mph.
For many Denver residents, that means serious damage.
And whether we think the cause is global warming or not, hailstorms are on the rise. A study by Verisk Risk Solutions, entitled “Hail, the Hidden Risk,” showed that the cost of hail damage had steadily risen through 2014 – even before the massive storm losses of 2017 and 2018.
While the damage from the latest hailstorm in Denver remains to be seen, surely, it is likely not small.
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