Storm moving in on Severance, Colorado. Photo by D.S. Dollman.
For the second time in a month Eastern Colorado is tracking a string of storms while cities east of I-25 remain under a tornado watch until 8 p.m., May 24, 2016. The National Weather Service also issued a Flood Watch for the Cache la poudre river near Greeley, including flooding on walking trails near Severance and Windsor.
Half inch hail fell in Weld County with much larger hail falling further east in Colorado. Photo by D.S. Dollman
The storm started moving in on the Severance/Windsor area around 2 p.m. and seemed to hover for an hour, dropping light rain, but with so much lightning the thunder sounded like a constant roll. When the hail began to fall it hit so hard residents ran for their basements. It sounded as if it was breaking windows.
The hail fell so thick in places it covered the ground like a blanket destroying freshly-planted gardens. Photo by D.S. Dollman.
The storm came just a few weeks after a half mile wide tornado hit Wray, Colorado on May 8, 2016 injuring five people. Storms continue to build west of the highway and at the time of this post the tornado watch continues until 8 p.m. for Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Logan, Morgan, Philips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Weld Counties.
View facing east in Weld County. Photo by D.S. Dollman