Because of the unique atmosphere and weather in Denver, it is very rare and unusual to experience any tornadic activity.
Before last summer, I lived in Denver for 35 years and never saw a single tornado except on the Weather Channel.
Last summer was an anomaly, and I was in Denver to witness the tornado. A rare summer storm created the Twister. The tornado touched down about a mile from my house. I wasn’t home at the time, and I didn’t know anything about the tornado until I turned on the news. The tornado was quickly moving in the direction of my home, so I called my wife and I told her to take cover with the kids. Everyone was home from school on that summer day. The tornado came right through the backyard. There was a large rut in the ground where the tornado was swirling. The tornado ripped our HVAC unit apart. We rarely have to worry about humidity and heat in Denver, but we have a heat pump and air conditioner. The air conditioner is outside in the backyard and the tornado picked it up from the pad and dropped it in the neighbor’s backyard. The HVAC unit was ripped apart. My wife and I had to call the homeowners insurance company. When we told them our location was Denver, they were immediately surprised to hear we were calling about tornado damage. I hope we never have to worry about this type of weather problem again. Seeing the tornado in action was scary. The size and power are very threatening.