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Matheson, CO Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

 
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The chance of earthquake damage in Matheson is lower than Colorado average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Matheson 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, #292

Matheson, CO
0.16
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

Matheson, 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, #195

Matheson, CO
130.18
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 1,996 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Matheson, CO were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:7Cold:0Dense Fog:1Drought:8
Dust Storm:0Flood:66Hail:1,507Heat:0Heavy Snow:41
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:12
Thunderstorm Winds:218Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:5Winter Storm:35Winter Weather:7
Other:89 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Matheson, 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 Matheson, CO.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
16.01963-06-054.4N/A39.3-104

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 18 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Matheson, CO.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.61990-06-06339°08'N / 103°53'W39°16'N / 103°50'W7.00 Miles500 Yards003K0Elbert
13.31990-06-06339°10'N / 103°42'W39°17'N / 103°41'W7.00 Miles500 Yards01425.0M0Lincoln
19.52004-05-10239°18'N / 104°02'W39°22'N / 104°05'W6.00 Miles150 Yards0000Elbert
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down and severely damaged two farmsteads. The first farmstead was struck approximately 10 miles north-northwest of Simla. One tree was knocked over by the tornado. One cow was killed, another was severely injured and had to be destroyed. An unoccupied ranch house on a neighboring farmstead, about 11.5 miles north of Simla, was also destroyed. The tornado picked up the modular home and its contents, and dumped it about 500 feet away from the farmstead. In addition, a calving shed and a two story barn built in 1925 were destroyed. A pig, lamb and dog were killed. The twister also picked up and scattered a dozen trucks, farm vehicles and cars on the farmstead.
20.71990-06-06238°50'N / 104°04'W2.00 Miles100 Yards02250K0El Paso
25.61999-05-31239°19'N / 103°32'W39°19'N / 103°27'W7.00 Miles100 Yards0000Lincoln
 Brief Description: Two tornadoes touched down causing extensive damage north of Genoa. The first tornado, an F2, caused minor damage to a home, but substantial damage to trees in the area. The second tornado, an F3, destroyed 2 mobile homes and several grain bins. It also caused moderate damage to 2 framed houses. At one farm, several dogs that were boarded in kennels were killed. Several trees and dozens of power poles were also snapped, and a pickup truck was tossed over a quonset hut. Damage was estimated to be $3-4 million.
27.21982-05-29239°28'N / 103°43'W1.00 Mile100 Yards000K0Lincoln
27.41999-05-31339°21'N / 103°35'W39°22'N / 103°24'W7.00 Miles200 Yards004.0M0Lincoln
 Brief Description: Two tornadoes touched down causing extensive damage north of Genoa. The first tornado, an F2, caused minor damage to a home, but substantial damage to trees in the area. The second tornado, an F3, destroyed 2 mobile homes and several grain bins. It also caused moderate damage to 2 framed houses. At one farm, several dogs that were boarded in kennels were killed. Several trees and dozens of power poles were also snapped, and a pickup truck was tossed over a quonset hut. Damage was estimated to be $3-4 million.
29.51951-06-06238°44'N / 103°35'W38°46'N / 103°30'W4.70 Miles217 Yards0125K0Lincoln
29.71982-06-14239°29'N / 104°06'W2.00 Miles200 Yards000K0Elbert
32.41977-03-18239°31'N / 103°37'W1.50 Miles67 Yards000K0Lincoln
33.12001-05-28238°49'N / 104°23'W38°50'N / 104°23'W0.50 Mile200 Yards048.0M0El Paso
33.52001-05-28238°50'N / 104°24'W38°50'N / 104°24'W0.30 Mile30 Yards05100K0El Paso
 Brief Description: A slow moving supercell thunderstorm stayed over the Ellicott area of eastern El Paso county for over an hour on Memorial Day evening. For over an hour, heavy rain and large hail pelted the area. Then another thunderstorm cell merged with the supercell, causing a brief time of extreme winds and three small tornadoes. A large mesocyclone developed, and the extreme winds rotated around its northeastern quarter. All of the debris from the damaged structures was moved to the west-northwest or west. Straight-line and twisting microburst winds, in some areas causing F2 damage, damaged or destroyed nearly 100 mobile homes, many occupied. Embedded within these winds, three tornadoes occurred. One, rated F2, struck the junior-senior high school building, totally destroying nearly one half of the structure. That tornado lifted briefly and set down again about 3/4 of a mile northwest of the school building and destroyed several mobile homes. Another tornado, rated F1, occurred about one mile west of the school building, flipping a mobile home.
34.51977-03-18239°31'N / 103°32'W1.50 Miles67 Yards000K0Lincoln
35.71965-05-23238°34'N / 103°40'W38°38'N / 103°40'W4.60 Miles67 Yards0025K0Lincoln
36.71983-06-04239°20'N / 104°35'W39°24'N / 104°20'W8.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0Elbert
40.72009-06-15239°14'N / 104°38'W39°11'N / 104°36'W4.00 Miles440 Yards00100K0KElbert
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado began 8 miles south-southwest of Elizabeth and produced minor damage to two homes. The tornado then moved southeast and intensified with EF1 and EF2 damage observed 9 miles south of Elizabeth, with substantial damage to a farm, trees, and snapped power poles. The tornado moved on a more southerly track for the next 2 miles with additional EF1 and EF2 damage 11 miles south of Elizabeth. The tornado leveled a 70-yr old barn and a nearby cinder-block shed was torn open. Major tree damage was also observed. The tornado then continued southward for another mile before lifting with some EF0 and EF1 damage 12 miles south of Elizabeth. Minor damage to another home was observed with several large trees uprooted. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe weather again broke out across Northeast Colorado. Three tornadoes touched down in southwest Elbert County; the strongest was rated EF2. In addition to the tornadoes, severe thunderstorms produced hail up to the size of golfballs. Damaging thunderstorm winds also downed a tree in Boulder. Other counties affected by severe thunderstorms included: Boulder, Douglas, Larimer, Lincoln and Sedgwick.
41.21953-10-20238°30'N / 103°46'W2.00 Miles200 Yards003K0Otero
49.61996-07-13239°48'N / 104°24'W39°39'N / 104°13'W12.00 Miles440 Yards00220K6.5MAdams
 Brief Description: A fast moving tornado ripped a 12-mile path of destruction near Strasburg, in eastern Adams County. The tornado caused extensive structural damage to several galvanized metal grain silos, farm buildings and sheds in the area. The roof of a two-story log home was completely torn off. The home received substantial damage from the wind and heavy rain that followed the tornado. Several other homes in the area sustained roof damage and a number of power poles were downed along Highway 36.


* 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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