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Offline aardvark

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High Winds in Colorado Yesterday Tue, 21 Dec 2004
« on: December 22, 2004, 03:27:46 PM »
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 17:52:11 -0500
   From: "Jesse Ferrell (WeatherMatrix)" <[email protected]>
Subject: High Winds in Colorado Yesterday



"DENVER (AP) Wind gusting to nearly 100 mph swept across Colorado on
Monday, forcing skiers off the slopes, closing highways and peeling the
roof of a high school gym while a basketball team practiced inside.

No serious injuries were reported, but the gusty weather dominated
everything from driving to walking for much of northern and central
Colorado.  Gusts reached 90 mph in Breckenridge and forced the ski resort
to shut down a chair lift.

The National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning along the heavily
populated Front Range after 95 mph winds were reported in Superior. Gusts
reached 98 mph at Carter Lake near Berthoud and ranged from 79 mph to 85
mph in Louisville, Boulder and Golden.

At Monarch High School in Louisville, several students escaped injury when
a portion of the gym roof was torn off by winds. The wind overturned a
small plane at a Denver-area airport and knocked an empty tractor-trailer
on its side in Littleton, State Patrol Trooper Don Moseman said. The driver
was treated for minor injuries and no one else was hurt.

Trees were blown down elsewhere in Louisville and a roof under construction
at a new recreation center was peeled off, police said. Lafayette police
said the frame of a house under construction also collapsed. Authorities
closed Colorado Highway 93 near the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons
plant northwest of Denver for about an hour after winds knocked down a
power line."
cold here in Iowa as well.  supposed to get some nasty wind chills over the next few days.   See what happens when someone gives the finger to Mom Nature>
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Offline Jim

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Re: High Winds in Colorado Yesterday Tue, 21 Dec 2004
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2004, 03:51:03 AM »
I hate to say it but 100 mph winds are not uncommon in the areas suggested in Colorado.  This time of year with a NW wind shortly after a low passage, the foothills along the Front Range can get windy. Boulder being close to the foothills can get the worst of it.  It's a warm down slope wind that melts the snow though.

What was funny was the news story the next day at Monarch HS.  The reporter was interviewing a student on camera, live on TV.  The reporter had a down parka complete with hood, scarf, and gloves. The student was all dressed up in a T Shirt and jeans and said it was no big deal!  He was in the gym when the roof left the building.
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