Destructive, high powered winds whipped across Colorado yesterday, in some spots reaching over 100 mph.

The winds were categorized as derecho winds. According to the American Meteorological Society a derecho must be at least 60 miles wide and travel for a distance of roughly 400 miles or longer. Although some in the field of meteorology say the distance only needs to be around 250 miles or greater.

This is the first time in recorded history that a derecho wind has formed west of the Rockies.

Winds near Winter Park Ski Area approached the strength of a Category 3 hurricane. The winds left a path of destruction across Colorado, knocking over trees, power lines, and billboards.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.