Late-winter storm hits Midwest after paralyzing Colorado

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

"Some of the devastating flooding associated with this storm is due to the fact that heavy rain is falling on areas where there is snow on the ground", said Kristina Dahl, senior climate scientist of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

The quickly rising floods evacuated people from their homes, washed out roads in communities, and left farmers anxious all the water would drown livestock. No one was injured, New Mexico State Police said.

In Sioux Falls, S.D., the eponymous falls were raging Wednesday and Thursday, and floodwaters forced dozens of road closures. She had tried to make the trip Wednesday but the interstate was shut down due to a pileup - one she thinks she narrowly avoided.

Trees snapped by high winds from a late winter storm packing hurricane-force winds and snow cover the Eugene Field house in Washington Park Wednesday, in Denver. As of March 12, the storm has recorded a 78-mph wind gust in Dallas and an unofficial record for lowest pressure at 975 millibars in Pueblo, Colorado.

"Widespread and extremely unsafe flooding will continue today and tonight", the National Weather Service office in Omaha, Nebraska, said on Friday in a statement.

Weather service meteorologist Peter Rogers says flooding is likely to persist into the weekend.

About 175,000 people are without power, a lot of them in Colorado and Texas.

The culprit was a sudden and severe drop in ground-level air pressure in Colorado, the most pronounced dive since 1950 and something "that will go down in the history books", said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center.

The Colorado State Patrol said one of its troopers, 52-year-old Corporal Daniel Groves, was killed northeast of Denver when a auto veered out of control and struck him as he was helping the victims of another vehicle accident.


A mountain wave is an area of extremely turbulent air found on the lee side of a mountain barrier like the Rockies when there is a strong flow of wind present. Xcel Energy confirmed that more than 100,000 customers are without power supply.

About 50 National Guard soldiers and airmen used specialized vehicles with tank-like treads to rescue 75 people stranded in their cars during the storm.

The window-rattling storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond.

The meteorological term "bomb cyclone" refers to a storm that intensifies very quickly, a process called bombogenesis - in which barometric pressure falls by at least 24 millibars over 24 hours.

Five people were hurt and 150 dairy cows had to be euthanized when a tornado hit the small town of Dexter, New Mexico.

Several barns were destroyed and mobile homes were damaged in Daviess County, Kentucky, but no injuries were reported, emergency management officials said.

In Michigan, a tornado touchdown was reported Thursday in Vernon, southwest of Flint, and in nearby Durand.

More than 105 million people were affected by the storm system, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

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