Preliminary EF1 rating of Baca County Tornado 23 May 2010 (Updated 1015 a.m., 5/25/10)

 [updated 1015 AM MDT 5/25/10]

A Storm Damage Survey from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Pueblo, CO was conducted, and a preliminary EF1 rating was given to the tornado which occurred Sunday evening between approximately 7:12 p.m. and 7:24 p.m.   

Below is the approximate path of the tornado with the town of Springfield in the lower right.  There were several homes and ranch buildings near the path.  The path length was approximately 8 miles in length, with the tornado moving to the north-northwest.  


Zooming in on the path...we can see that the tornado missed two homes to the east of the path.


Farther north...the tornado narrowly missed a home on County Road PP...passing just to the east.


A couple minutes before the tornado knocked out the power poles on County Road PP, it slid a hay swather 90 feet to the north on the east side of County Road 19 south of County Road PP.  The swather weighs over 4000 pounds.  This is 9.5 miles northwest of Springfield.


 Below is the photo taken closest to the tornado by Janet Chenoweth, looking toward the west-southwest.  At this time the tornado was 100 to 150  yards wide and was taking out five power poles on County Road PP west of County Road 19.  The tornado passed around 100 yards east of a residence on County Road PP.


Below are five new power poles along County Road PP west of County Road 19.  Looking toward the east, and 10.6 miles northwest of Springfield.


Thankfully, the power poles and the hay swather were the only damage indicators with this tornado. 

Below is a 0.5 degree elevation Storm Relative Velocity(SRM) radar image from 7:07 p.m. MDT 5/23/10 (Sunday).  'Green" color is the wind moving towards the radar.  'Red' color is the wind moving away from the radar.



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