Hurricane-force winds hit Colorado on Wednesday, though thankfully our house did not incur any damage. Denver 7 news reported:
Just above the surface, winds were equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. The National Weather Service Doppler radar measured a 142 mph wind gust 2,000 feet above the town of Louisville at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday.
We've always joked about the Superior Wind Tunnel (since we used to live there), where there is a valley that flows from the foothills toward Louisville/Broomfield. This time we weren't kidding! There's a reason the National Wind Technology Center is nearby!
We also had frigid temperatures with the passage of the strong cold front. This from the National Weather Service:
AT 544 AM THE TEMPERATURE AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DROPPED TO 31 DEGREES. THIS SETS A NEW RECORD LOW FOR THIS DATE. THE OLD RECORD WAS 37 DEGREES SET IN 1974 AND PREVIOUS YEARS. THIS IS ALSO THE LATEST FREEZE ON RECORD AND ONLY THE THIRD TIME A TEMPERATURE OF 32 OR LOWER HAS BEEN RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF JUNE IN DENVER. THE PREVIOUS READINGS WERE 32 DEGREES IN 1919 AND 30 DEGREES IN 1951. RECORDS FOR DENVER GO BACK TO 1872.