Rare mountain tornado confirmed in Jackson County

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DENVER — The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that a tornado hit Jackson County on Sunday morning.

It was one of two reported funnel clouds/tornadoes that hit the area that morning. The other was northwest of Steamboat Springs.

At 11:15 am Sunday, the weak tornado hit an open area about 4 miles outside of Coalmont.

With no damage reported, this is an EF-0 rated tornado, the weakest on the Fujita Scale.

This is only the second documented tornado in Jackson County since 1950. The first reported tornado was May 10, 1974.

This is only the fifth tornado recorded in the area — within a triangle formed from Steamboat Springs to Kremmling to Estes Park — since 1950.

So far this year, 27 tornadoes have been reported across the state. The 30-year average is 46 per year.

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