May 8th 2017 Hail Storm Denver
“It’s every day in Colorado,” said Kyle Fredin, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Boulder. Fredin was referring to the hail that comes to Colorado every year from May to September. This time, the hail storm came on Monday, May 8th 2017.
And just Monday afternoon, as a massive storm dropped golf ball sized hail across much of Denver, residents were reminded of just how damaging hail in Colorado can be.
Colorado Hail Damage Calls for Local Roof Repair
The Lakewood mall was forced to close as several car crashes were reported in the area. Colorado Mills on West Colfax Avenue has been closed, and unlike the Lakewood mall, will remain that way until further notice as hail broke through the skylights causing extensive flooding inside several of the stores, and an evacuation of the mall.
Denver International Airport reported delayed flights and Adams 14 school district announced that schools would be closed on Tuesday due to the harsh weather.
According to the West Metro Fire Department, power lines were reported downed, along with car crashes and extensive property damage, and Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties all remained under flood advisory until late in the day.
For baseball fans, the news was glim as the hail storm led to the postponement of the Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs game. Instead they will have to wait for the day-night split doubleheader scheduled on Tuesday to make up for it. Although, perhaps they shouldn’t be entirely surprised as last year, a massive hail storm and torrential rain completely flooded Coors field – what many would call a “swimming pool”.
Regis University North West Denver campus reported damage to buildings and windows and as well as cars and trees in the area, although according to their tweets, classes remained on schedule.
And this is just the first of many storms expected, according to Scott Entrekin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Boulder.
We’re going to see several rounds, but this will be the most intense.
“We’re going to see several rounds, but this will be the most intense,” Entrekin said of the afternoon onslaught.
The National Weather Service posted a picture of the hail swath as it moved through Denver:
Yet for Denver residents, hail – even as intense as Monday’s storm – is just part of living in Colorado.
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