It's a concern we hear all the time. "I didn't realize it was going to be this bad", or "I wish I had more time to put the car in the garage."
Last week's severe weather outbreak was devastating to many parts of eastern Wyoming, northeast Colorado and western Nebraska. Strong thunderstorms, severe "super-cell" thunderstorms and several tornadoes impacted towns and some remote areas across the region.
Meteorologically speaking, and as weather forecasters, we had good knowledge and guidance that a severe weather outbreak was approaching a couple days in advance. The upper level pattern contained a strong area of low pressure, along with a surface front and all the right atmospheric ingredients were expected to be in place for thunderstorms to become severe, with the potential for damaging hail and tornadoes.
As meteorologists, it's our goal to scientifically evaluate current weather data, numerous amounts of information from various weather models and apply own skill and experience to develop the best and more accurate forecast for you.
But a forecast is only accurate if YOU get the information when you need it. That's where we come in.
In this region of Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska, elevation and terrain both play a significant role in how the weather will play out from one hour to the next, not just day to day. That's why we created WeatherSlant.
WeatherSlant offers customized and easy-to-understand forecast information that you can't get anywhere else. These forecasts are especially helpful as strong storms such as snow events, high wind events and severe thunderstorms are expected.
How did we handle the severe differently than other weather apps?
June 12, 2017 - Severe Weather Summary for WY, CO and NE
The above image is a snapshot of a composite radar image taken around 4:30 pm during the afternoon of Monday, June 12, 2017. Some of the hardest-hit areas were southeast Wyoming and far western Nebraska, as seen in the radar image. Storms were moving in a northeast direction, so many of the cells in the southeast corner of Wyoming ended up intensifying and moving into western Nebraska. There were also a couple funnel clouds and weak tornado rotations spotted in northeast Colorado and northwest Wyoming during the earlier afternoon hours.
Official Rating & Damage Document (Cheyenne NWS)
Significant Tornado Sightings & Damage
Carpenter, Wyoming (Southern Laramie County)
This tornado moved through northeast Colorado and entered into Wyoming south of Carpenter. It was rated an EF-2 (111-135 mph) by the Cheyenne National Weather Service and impacted the area just before 5:00 pm. There was some damage to a few residential areas, including the demolition of a detached garage and significant roof damage. There were no injuries or deaths reported.
Northeast Goshen County to Sioux County (Wyoming to Nebraska)
A strong thunderstorm formed in eastern Wyoming and developed a tornado just north of Torrington, Wyoming. Significant damage occurred to the barn, several trucks. Unfortunately, three horses died and one person was injured from this tornado and resulting damage. The tornado eventually moved northeast from the Torrington area into western Nebraska (Sioux County) and did significant damage to a homestead in Harrison, Nebraska. This tornado was rated an EF-2 (111-135 mph).
Bayard to Alliance, Nebraska
This tornado was also rated an EF-2 (111-135 mph), and did significant damage to homesteads, vehicles, barns, roofs and it also derailed a train and several of its cars. This tornado's path was quite long, but the development of the tornado was sporadic and off-and-on in intensity.
This short-lived EF-1 tornado (86-110 mph) touched down briefly on the northeast side of town, producing some damage to a nursing home.
Northeast Cheyenne (Laramie County)
This severe thunderstorm produced significant sized hail, creating damage for a localized area across northern and northeast Cheyenne. The tornado developed east of Cheyenne, with minimal damage found. Most of the damage from this event was produced by tennis to baseball size hail. This tornado was rated an EF-0 (65-85 mph).
Photo: Tornado northeast of Cheyenne. Credit: Chuck Patient
East Laramie County, Wyoming
This short-lived EF-1 (86-110 mph) tornado developed and touched down just north of the Colorado state line and southwest of Pine Bluffs in Wyoming. It was originally a strong thunderstorm that developed over far northeast Colorado with significant hail and rotation. Minimal damage occurred to property on a farm and a horse trailer.
This tornado was an EF-1 (86-110 mph) and was brief as it touched down approximately 10 miles southeast of Bushnell, Nebraska. There was damage to roofs and power poles.
Photo: Supercell thunderstorms near Bushnell, Nebraska. Credit: Jacob Deflitch
This EF-1 (86-110 mph) tornado touched down just southeast of Harrisburg, Nebraska in the evening hours. Significant damage occurred, including great damage to a barn, several poles broken and one horse killed.