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Thunderstorm Rolling Across Falcon, CO [Photos]

Update: A brief video showing the rain and wind is now below the photos.

Colorado is known for weather coming up fast out of nowhere but today’s storm may take the cake for fastest and nastiest. At 12:30 we went to lunch in the Falcon Town Center in Falcon (far eastern edge of Colorado Springs) and we were admiring the amazing crystal clear view of the Front Range and Pikes Peak. By 1:30 a dark mass was racing toward us. By 2:30 it was cold, dark and raining sideways with intense wind. You know those classic videos of hurricanes? Yea, it was like that. It started with a blast from a micro-burst that (if weather warnings were rights) was 50-60mph and threw our water buckets into a field across the street.

Here’s some photos I took at our job site at the small Meadow Lake Airport just east of Highway 24 in Falcon. Considering how nasty the storm was coming in, I consider us lucky only to get wind and rain. A question for you meteorologists out there: is that a wall cloud in photo 6?

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2 thoughts on “Thunderstorm Rolling Across Falcon, CO [Photos]

  1. Nope…its a shelf cloud that forms on the leading edge of a gust front which forms when rain cooled air quickly descends out of a thunderstorm, hits the ground, and fans out in all directions. That is what blasted you with the wind today.

    Posted by Matt Meister | August 12, 2010, 6:13 PM

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