At approximately 2:24 p.m. mountain time, a tornado was spotted in the vicinity of Denver International Airport (DIA). The weather station at the airport clocked a 97 mph gust as the twister passed by (before the wind sensor was knocked out of commission).
The Daily Kos weather blog offers some additional detail:
The tornado was so close to the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar — the small Doppler radar used for Denver International Airport — that a “donut hole” was visible in the precipitation-free center of the tornado as it crossed between runways 34R and 34L. The tornado passed exactly 5,000 feet east of the A Gates.
There have been no reports of damage or injuries at the airport.
Here’s a compilation of incredible photos and video from social media feeds:
— Marshall Zelinger (@7Marshall) June 18, 2013
— Matthew Aschemeyer (@aschemeyer) June 18, 2013
— Matthew Sitkowski (@MattSitkowski) June 18, 2013
— Jen Milazzo (@jmilazz) June 18, 2013
— 9NEWS Denver (@9NEWS) June 18, 2013
This is the real deal for Denver International. There is indeed a tornado on the field! pic.twitter.com/I4jkxHFsIy
— NYCAviation (@NYCAviation) June 18, 2013
Tornado Warning includes DIA concourses and Terminal. Please seek shelter in designated areas.
— Denver Int’l Airport (@DENAirport) June 18, 2013
— Reed Timmer (@reedtimmerTVN) June 18, 2013