A rare tornado touched down on Sunday in Colorado's mountains. The tornado in Jackson County, Colorado was the first seen in that particular county in 44 years, and just the second since 1950.
The tornado only briefly touched down over a rural area about 20 miles outside of Walden, Colorado in the Centennial State's northern mountains. The National Weather Service office in Boulder, Colorado rated the twister as an EF-0, the lowest rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Fortunately, no damage was reported from this, as it took place in a sparsely populated area.
Jackson County is in northern Colorado, along the Wyoming border, and it's known for snow (it's close to the world-famous Steamboat Springs ski resort) and mild temperatures during the summer months, but certainly not tornadoes.
Also: This tornado should help remove the perception don't take place in mountains. They can take place in mountainous terrain, although they are more rare in these locations.
A dry, hot forecast is in place for this part of Colorado over the next few days, and yes, tornadoes don't appear likely now or anytime soon here.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi - Photo courtesy: Jeff Walls, via NWS Boulder