State’s first tornado of year developed early Monday evening

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ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. — Early Monday evening, the first tornado of the year in the state was recorded.

It was in far eastern Elbert County, northeast of Kiowa and southwest of Agate.

At 5:10 pm, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning as rotation became tighter and just as the radar noted a couplet, a tornado was spotted.

A funnel cloud was spotted with associated dust swirl at the ground level. It was later determined the witness account matched radar and it was determined to be a tornado.

No damage from the tornado was reported. However, some reports of wind damage were received in the general area.

And as quickly as the rotation tightened, it weakened and the storm showed no sign of tornado production.

The warning was canceled early as the short-lived pulse storm continued to weaken.

In an average year, Colorado may see 40-plus tornadoes. Last year, the number of reports was roughly half the average.

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