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Hereford, CO Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #371

Hereford, CO
0.11
Colorado
1.32
U.S.
1.81

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, #187

Hereford, CO
0.0000
Colorado
0.0009
U.S.
0.0023

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, #176

Hereford, CO
135.80
Colorado
117.98
U.S.
136.45

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 2,054 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Hereford, CO were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:25Cold:5Dense Fog:1Drought:4
Dust Storm:0Flood:55Hail:1,378Heat:0Heavy Snow:22
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:68
Thunderstorm Winds:375Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:17Winter Weather:0
Other:103 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Hereford, CO.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Hereford, CO.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
40.11969-05-263.5N/A40.4-104.4

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 26 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Hereford, CO.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
13.52010-05-18241°10'N / 104°22'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0050K0KLaramie
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A National Weather Service storm survey determined a tornado that struck Burns Wyoming the evening of May 18 was rated an EF-2. One house lost its roof. Additionally, the storm that spawned the tornado produced hail the size of golfballs which accumulated to over 3 feet in depth. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Southeast low level wind flow increased ahead of a low pressure system over northern Colorado the afternoon of May 18 2010. A strong low level southeast jet combined with dynamics of the low to create a favorable environment for severe thunderstorms. By mid afternoon thunderstorms over northern Colorado began to rotate, producing a tornado just south of the Wyoming state line south of Cheyenne. Severe thunderstorms continued into the evening hours of the 18th producing severe weather across the Nebraska panhandle and extreme southeast Wyoming.
24.71976-05-29241°20'N / 104°21'W000K0Laramie
24.91976-05-29241°15'N / 104°37'W0.20 Mile40 Yards000K0Laramie
25.51979-07-16341°10'N / 104°49'W41°04'N / 104°42'W8.80 Miles80 Yards14025.0M0Laramie
28.11965-05-08240°46'N / 104°46'W1.00 Mile17 Yards0025K0Weld
33.11990-06-09240°46'N / 104°55'W40°53'N / 104°54'W20.00 Miles200 Yards0025K0Weld
33.51990-05-24241°26'N / 104°25'W41°29'N / 104°21'W5.00 Miles400 Yards003K0Laramie
36.41955-07-10240°31'N / 104°42'W40°35'N / 104°44'W4.30 Miles33 Yards003K0Weld
36.91990-06-09240°43'N / 104°58'W40°46'N / 104°55'W3.00 Miles200 Yards0025K0Larimer
38.51987-07-07240°24'N / 104°22'W40°27'N / 104°28'W5.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Weld
38.91960-04-23341°02'N / 105°13'W41°00'N / 104°53'W17.20 Miles33 Yards0125K0Laramie
40.61996-07-31240°27'N / 104°32'W40°22'N / 104°29'W5.00 Miles100 Yards0000Weld
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down near Gill. It damaged a grain bin owned by the Northern Feed and Bean of Gill. Although not confirmed, it is believed the same twister was responsible for destroying a 60-ft by 250-ft storage building south of town. The tornado also uprooted a tree near Kuner, east of Kersey. The time of the tornado was approximated. In addition several twisters, strong thunderstorm winds and large hail the size of baseballs caused several power outages in central Weld County. Power was out from Kersey to Purcell, which covered a distance of 20 miles, for about 12 hours. An estimated 400 to 500 residents were without power throughout the night. Crops in the area also received substantial damage, but no dollar estimates were available.
41.31986-09-18240°30'N / 103°50'W40°44'N / 103°31'W25.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Morgan
43.21957-05-30240°27'N / 104°52'W40°33'N / 104°49'W7.20 Miles33 Yards003K0Weld
43.62009-06-05241°37'N / 104°22'W41°36'N / 104°13'W8.00 Miles100 Yards0010K0KGoshen
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A widely observed tornado moved across open country of far southern Goshen county. Only minor damage was caused, mainly to a few power poles and trees. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Scattered severe thunderstorms produced large hail and a tornado over parts of southeast Wyoming.
44.41982-06-25240°23'N / 104°38'W1.00 Mile200 Yards000K0Weld
46.51957-05-30240°28'N / 104°53'W40°27'N / 104°52'W003K0Weld
46.61984-05-24240°21'N / 103°58'W40°23'N / 103°53'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Morgan
46.71957-05-30240°30'N / 104°56'W40°28'N / 104°54'W1.30 Miles33 Yards013K0Weld
46.81996-07-30240°21'N / 103°58'W40°21'N / 103°58'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0000Morgan
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down briefly near Weldona. The twister caused substantial damage to a fertilizer truck when it was smashed into a utility pole. The time of the event was approximated.
47.31957-05-30240°28'N / 104°56'W40°28'N / 104°53'W1.90 Miles33 Yards003K0Larimer
48.11977-06-29241°14'N / 103°28'W41°15'N / 103°26'W0025K0Kimball
48.51954-06-06241°14'N / 103°39'W41°23'N / 103°19'W19.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Kimball
48.61952-05-15340°20'N / 104°34'W40°15'N / 104°28'W7.40 Miles150 Yards0525K0Weld
48.91976-06-04240°35'N / 105°05'W0.50 Mile300 Yards000K0Larimer
49.92008-05-22340°13'N / 104°45'W40°33'N / 104°57'W24.00 Miles1760 Yards178147.0M0KWeld
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A powerful tornado swept north-northwestward across Weld County and into Larimer County, carving a path of destruction, nearly 39 miles in length. The tornado, up to one-mile wide at times, initially touched down northeast of Platteville and finally lifted 6 miles west-northwest of Wellington. A tornado assessment in the aftermath of the tornado revealed extensive areas of damage. On the enhanced Fujita Scale there were pockets of EF3 damage, mainly near the Missile Silo Park Campground, and to businesses and home in eastern Windsor. There was one fatality, and 78 injuries. One man was killed when he tried to escape the trailer park in his motor home. Preliminary estimates from FEMA indicated 850 homes were damaged, and nearly 300 homes were significantly damaged or destroyed. Privately insured damages totaled $147 million, and the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Associated reported $1 million of damage to electric transmission lines. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful tornado swept north-northwestward across Weld County, carving a path of destruction, nearly 39 miles in length. The tornado, up to one-mile wide at times, initially touched down northeast of Platteville and finally lifted 6 miles west-northwest of Wellington. A tornado assessment in the aftermath of the tornado revealed extensive areas of damage. On the enhanced Fujita Scale there were pockets of EF3 damage, mainly near the Missile Silo Park Campground, and to businesses and home in eastern Windsor. Farmers also reported extensive damage to crops and irrigation equipment. There was one fatality, and 78 injuries ranging from broken bones to minor cuts and lacerations. One man was killed when he tried to escape a trailer park in his motor home. Tractor trailers were flipped along U.S. Highway 85, and over 200 power poles were snapped or blown down. Approximately 60,000 people were left without electricity. The tornado overturned 15 railroad cars and destroyed a lumber car on the Great Western Railway of Colorado. The tornado also flattened Windsor's main feedlot and destroyed a dairy barn. Most of the four-hundred cows were killed in the tornado or destroyed later. In addition to the damaging winds, the thunderstorm also produced hail up to the size of baseballs. Another tornado rated an EF1, from a separate severe thunderstorm, briefly touched down near Dacono and destroyed 5 buildings. The tornado overturned a five-wheel trailer and injured the man who was sitting inside. Preliminary estimates from FEMA indicated 850 homes were damaged, and nearly 300 homes were significantly damaged or destroyed. The Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association reported $1 million of damage to electric transmission lines. Privately insured damages totaled $147 million, making it the state's 4th costliest disaster.


* 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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