Microburst Damage around Town

Broken Branches Uprooted Mesquite Tree

Damsel and I were out to do some shopping today and we saw some of the aftermath of the monsoon storm that hit our town last evening. According to reports, there were many more trees damaged or down in addition to the two shown above. Photos courtesy of Damsel.

The broken branch on the tree above left was adjacent to one of the town’s Historical Markers. Fortunately for the Little Red Schoolhouse, the tree branch fell away from the building. The uprooted mesquite tree above right was along the main road through town where we saw several other damaged and down trees and branches.

Much of the town suffered power loss and a couple of homes were evacuated due to poles or trees falling on them. Damsel and I were fortunate in that God spared us the microbursts that caused the major problems and our power was uninterrupted.

Our back retention walls continue to protect our little house from storms like the one last evening where three inches fell in an hour when the storm cell stalled right overhead. This was similar to, but not as intense as the storm that hit us on July 18 two years ago. This is the second storm this season to cause the little washes to dump flooding along the dirt road directly in front of our house.


  1. drjim said,

    August 12, 2017 @ 12:28:01

    There was a sudden, violent hailstorm in Fort Collins yesterday that resulted in some damage to the house “The Kids” are living in.

    Three sides of the house look like somebody opened up on them with a Ma Deuce, and the vegetable garden was completely flattened.

    It’s all repairable, but they told us it looked like The Second Coming for about 20 minutes!

    My wife was stunned, to which I replied “Yep, they have REAL weather in Colorado”….

  2. CapnBob said,

    August 12, 2017 @ 13:51:27

    Wow! Hope everybody’s OK.

    I remember being at the Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs when I was a kid. We were lollygagging around in the parking lot when my uncle shouted, “HAIL! Everybody in the car!” We patiently sat for about five minutes while the hail pelted Uncle Bob’s Car. They were small hailstones, so very little damage, just a lot of noise.

  3. drjim said,

    August 13, 2017 @ 17:01:13

    Their cars got out without looking like refugees from a scratch and dent sale, but the house took a beating.

    Posted a pic on my blog….

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