The first tornado of the season was captured on video near Haswell, Colorado, way out east in Kiowa County.
Video shared with us by Bryan Pezman and his crew Storm Chase Geeks, shows a classic Colorado landspout moving over the road as fellow storm chasers drive right at it!
Tornado season in Colorado usually starts sometime in late April, but the peak usually comes in early to mid June.
The data above supplied by the Colorado Climate Center shows May, June, and July, as the three most likely months for tornadoes in Colorado.
The map above shows all of our reported tornadoes from 1950 through 2020. Most of the tornadoes reported in Colorado occur east of the mountains out in the open plains.
El Paso County has had almost 5 times as many reported tornadoes as Pueblo, but the king for tornado reports in Weld County.
Warm and humid air fuels tornadic thunderstorms, and that same air is more commonly found in the plains than it is in the mountains.
Thunderstorm triggers like cold fronts and dry lines also tend to slide east of the mountains in the plains.