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June 19, 2018: Tornado near Keenesburg, Colorado

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Tour 4 was treated to a great tornado on the last day of the tour just about an hour north of the Denver metro area near a small rural town named Keenseburg. This was the second day that supercells which started near Boulder took the exact same path. Just the evening before this event, we were in Keenseburg experiencing large hail and torrential rain. In fact, due to the heavy rains on the previous day that soaked the rural roads (dirt), we opted to stay a bit further south so that we could not only keep a better eye on two tornadic supercells (one to our North near Keenesburg, and one to our south moving towards Simla), but also keep the vehicles wheels on solid roads.

After the first tornado of the day near Keenesburg ended, we quickly moved south and then continued east allowing the storms to chase us all the way to Limon, where we intercepted another tornado. However, due to it being occluded in heavy rain and our light was quickly diminishing, it was as nearly as photogenic as the earlier tornado, even though we were much closer to it.