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10 memorable acts of nature in the Colorado Springs area

Colorado is known for its unpredictable weather and the city of Colorado Springs and the area surrounding it have certainly seen its fair share of oddities. The region has been hit with fires, floods, hail, high winds and a myriad of weather extremes. Grab your umbrella, snow boots and find some cover as we revisit some of the most memorable acts of nature the Colorado Springs area has survived through. - Terry Terrones

Hottest Day

The hottest day on record for Colorado Springs has happened twice. The city reached 101 degrees on June 26, 2012 and again on June 21, 2016. 

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Carol Lawrence, The Gazette

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Coldest Day

The coldest day on record for Colorado Springs happened on February 1, 1951. On that day the temperature hit -27 degrees. It must have been a rough winter, as the second lowest temperature also happened that year. Colorado Springs dipped to -26 degrees the day before on January 31, 1951.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Bryan Oller, The Gazette

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Most Expensive Wildfire

In June 2012 the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed 346 homes. The resulting 6,648 claims resulted in an estimated $470 million dollars in insured losses.

Source: Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

Mark Reis, The Gazette

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Most Destructive Wildfire

In June 2013, the Black Forest Fire totaled $429.3 million in insured losses resulting from approximately 4,173 homeowner and auto insurance claims. About 486 structures were burned.

Source: Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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A pedestrian runs for safety as a hail storm with golf-ball size stones hits downtown Colorado Springs Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Most Destructive Hailstorm

The most costly hailstorm to hammer Colorado Springs occurred on July 28, 2016. The storm incurred $352.8 million dollars worth of damage.

Source: Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

Christian Murdock, The Gazette

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Flash Floods of 2013

The Waldo Canyon Fire would eventually lead to a series of destructive floods that had a severe impact on Manitou Springs in 2013. While the town was hit several times, the worst day might have been August 9, 2013, when a 4-foot high wall of water forced 163 people to be evacuated. One person died during the flood and 40 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Source: Gazette.com

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Most rainfall in one day

Hope you had an umbrella handy on September 14, 2011. That was the day Colorado Springs saw 4.5 inches of rain pour down on the city.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Bryan Oller, The Gazette

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Snowiest Day

Colorado Springs has seen its share of heavy snow, but January 15, 1987 was the most extreme by a long shot. On that day, 22 inches of snow fell. The next heaviest day of snowfall was April 7, 1957, when a paltry 16.7 inches fell.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

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Greatest Maximum Wind Speed

Windy days are pretty common but the windiest day in Colorado Springs history happened in the month of February in 1999. On a day so blustery not even the NOAA has the exact date, the maximum wind gust reached 78 mph.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Bob Jackson, The Gazette

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The Limon Tornado

On June 6, 1990, an F3 tornado ripped through the town of Limon, Colorado, with wind speeds up to 200 mph. Several businesses and homes were destroyed, resulting in $36.4 million in damages.

Source: Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

David Zalubowski, AP

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