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Colorado County Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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The chance of earthquake damage in Colorado County is about the same as Texas average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Colorado County is lower than Texas average and is higher than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #190

Colorado County

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Colorado County

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #116

Colorado County

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 7,941 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Colorado County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:23Dense Fog:2Drought:180
Dust Storm:6Flood:1,704Hail:2,625Heat:23Heavy Snow:36
High Surf:3Hurricane:4Ice Storm:32Landslide:0Strong Wind:95
Thunderstorm Winds:2,670Tropical Storm:16Wildfire:26Winter Storm:40Winter Weather:54

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Colorado County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Colorado County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Colorado County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 54 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Colorado County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
12.01964-02-04229°36'N / 96°20'W29°37'N / 96°17'W3.80 Miles880 Yards01250K0Colorado
13.71967-09-21229°34'N / 96°44'W1.00 Mile33 Yards003K0Colorado
18.01955-06-05229°42'N / 96°47'W000K0Colorado
18.31993-04-07229°25'N / 96°17'W0.50 Mile400 Yards0050K0Wharton
 Brief Description: The Wharton Newspaper reported large trees blown down, metal roofs blown off barns and water pump housings blown over on Farm-to-Market Road 2614 northwest of Egypt near the community of Bonus. There were numerous reports of street flooding in the Wharton vicinity.
19.01971-02-25229°44'N / 96°47'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Colorado
19.11966-03-28329°27'N / 96°20'W29°23'N / 96°12'W9.30 Miles1760 Yards0025K0Colorado
22.11994-05-13229°23'N / 96°47'W0.20 Mile50 Yards0050K5KLavaca
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down near Vienna, destroying a mobile home and a house, knocking down power lines and covering the roadway with debris. One witness reported hearing a sound like a "freight train."
22.51971-02-25229°48'N / 96°48'W0.50 Mile50 Yards000K0Fayette
22.61965-01-21229°37'N / 96°53'W0.80 Mile50 Yards0025K0Fayette
22.91967-09-20329°27'N / 96°51'W2.00 Miles167 Yards0325K0Lavaca
24.01971-02-25229°48'N / 96°50'W0.50 Mile50 Yards000K0Fayette
26.11972-03-20229°26'N / 96°56'W29°26'N / 96°52'W4.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Lavaca
26.42007-03-31229°23'N / 96°52'W29°22'N / 96°52'W0475K0KLavaca
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: To the southeast of Hallettsville, and southeast of the first tornado, a second tornado touched down near 0345 CST. This was just off FM530 on Road 16C, near the community of Light Chapel. This tornado touched down just south of a mobile home and began moving toward the northeast. A father, along with two sons and a daughter, had just arrived home less than an hour before the touchdown and had fallen asleep when the storm struck. The father reported feeling a jolt that awakened him as severe thunderstorm winds ahead of the tornado struck the mobile home. He reported that it became quiet again and then the mobile home exploded as the tornado stuck. He and his three children were blown and tossed almost 150 feet, coming to rest on the top of the former south wall of his mobile home. Broken glass was everywhere, but, in spite of cuts and bruises, they took shelter in a small nearby roofless shack as hail continued to fall. He then walked, carrying an injured son and daughter, to a neighbor???s house to call for help. His truck, parked under an awning just south of the mobile home was rolled and crushed. Had he and his children arrived only a few minutes later at their home, they could easily have been killed. That all have recovered except for minor bruises and cuts can only be considered a miracle. The father???s comments were that it???s all okay ??? we???re okay. What was destroyed is just ???stuff.??? Based on the destroyed mobile home, which had been tied down, and the rolled and twisted metal frame, the tornado was rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Winds were estimated at 115 mph. The tornado path length was placed at four-tenths of a mile with a path width of 75 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: In the early morning hours of March 31, both supercells and short bow echoes began to form along the north-south aligned cold front after it crossed the IH-35 corridor. Moving into the eastern portion of South Central Texas, these storms produced heavy rainfall, large hail, and two tornadoes.
26.71954-07-06229°42'N / 96°54'W29°43'N / 96°58'W4.50 Miles50 Yards000K0Colorado
26.91983-01-31229°47'N / 96°08'W29°50'N / 96°08'W3.00 Miles60 Yards042.5M0Austin
28.41955-05-19229°27'N / 96°57'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Lavaca
28.41961-03-16229°57'N / 96°16'W0.10 Mile80 Yards003K0Austin
28.91961-11-22329°24'N / 96°05'W2.00 Miles200 Yards010K0Wharton
31.31972-03-20229°20'N / 96°05'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0025K0Wharton
31.91964-06-15229°18'N / 96°06'W1.50 Miles20 Yards003K0Wharton
31.91966-04-14229°18'N / 96°06'W1.00 Mile33 Yards000K0Wharton
32.01955-05-23229°19'N / 96°05'W0.50 Mile33 Yards000K0Wharton
32.21965-04-19329°27'N / 96°00'W0.20 Mile150 Yards1325K0Fort Bend
34.51955-05-18229°34'N / 97°10'W29°20'N / 96°57'W20.70 Miles300 Yards0025K0Lavaca
35.81967-09-20329°21'N / 97°04'W29°21'N / 97°00'W4.30 Miles333 Yards042.5M0Lavaca
36.51967-09-20329°04'N / 96°31'W0.10 Mile33 Yards030K0Jackson
36.81970-10-23229°18'N / 96°00'W1.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Wharton
37.71998-10-18229°49'N / 95°56'W29°49'N / 95°56'W1.00 Mile50 Yards1175K0Waller
 Brief Description: Tornado destroyed mobile home. One person killed and another injured in the home. Nine other homes damaged and 2 barns destroyed. M47MH
38.71950-06-05330°11'N / 96°24'W30°01'N / 96°03'W23.90 Miles67 Yards06250K0Washington
39.51953-12-02229°12'N / 96°02'W1.50 Miles200 Yards003K0Wharton
40.01975-12-24329°01'N / 96°30'W1.00 Mile440 Yards000K0Jackson
40.11971-02-25230°10'N / 96°23'W0.30 Mile33 Yards003K0Washington
40.11971-02-25230°10'N / 96°23'W0.30 Mile33 Yards000K0Washington
41.31954-04-30230°08'N / 96°49'W30°12'N / 96°37'W12.80 Miles880 Yards0025K0Fayette
41.91970-10-23229°18'N / 95°54'W1.50 Miles27 Yards0025K0Wharton
42.51957-10-14230°06'N / 96°06'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Waller
43.31981-05-09229°30'N / 95°49'W29°28'N / 95°47'W3.30 Miles40 Yards0025K0Fort Bend
43.71986-02-05229°50'N / 95°51'W29°50'N / 95°49'W4.00 Miles170 Yards05250K0Waller
44.51966-02-09328°58'N / 96°40'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Jackson
44.51992-11-21229°41'N / 95°48'W29°47'N / 95°46'W4.00 Miles200 Yards0625.0M0Harris
45.51954-04-30230°06'N / 96°58'W30°08'N / 96°59'W3.00 Miles880 Yards02250K0Lee
45.61973-10-11229°39'N / 97°16'W29°45'N / 97°15'W7.10 Miles50 Yards0025K0Gonzales
45.91973-10-11229°45'N / 97°15'W29°46'N / 97°15'W1.10 Miles50 Yards0125K0Fayette
46.31960-02-17229°46'N / 95°48'W29°48'N / 95°44'W4.90 Miles100 Yards0325K0Harris
46.41986-02-05229°50'N / 95°49'W29°52'N / 95°46'W4.00 Miles170 Yards00250K0Harris
46.51974-09-13329°35'N / 95°45'W29°37'N / 95°43'W3.60 Miles73 Yards020K0Fort Bend
47.11957-10-14330°07'N / 96°00'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Waller
47.31957-10-14230°03'N / 95°55'W0.50 Mile17 Yards0025K0Waller
47.41962-06-18230°04'N / 95°56'W000K0Waller
48.11962-02-23230°15'N / 96°47'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Lee
48.31953-04-28330°00'N / 97°10'W0.50 Mile200 Yards0325K0Bastrop
48.31965-05-18230°00'N / 97°10'W1.00 Mile17 Yards003K0Bastrop
48.41987-11-15230°11'N / 96°57'W1.50 Miles200 Yards082.5M0Lee
48.61991-01-14229°59'N / 97°12'W30°02'N / 97°08'W5.00 Miles60 Yards00250K0Bastrop

* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.

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