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DENVER (CBS4) – The photogenic tornado that struck Weld County Monday evening could be seen for miles in virtually every direction. That allowed for many thousands of people to get a great view.

CBS4 viewer Tanner Stolz took this photo of the tornado at County Roads 49 & 36. (credit: Tanner Stolz)

The thunderstorm that spawned the EF-1 tornado with estimated wind speeds of 99 mph moved slowly north for about 35 minutes.

During that time, the tornado tracked 7.5 miles from near Firestone to near Platteville which is a relatively long distance for a Colorado tornado.

(source: CBS)

It was also a very isolated thunderstorm with no other surrounding storms to block the view.

The result was a clear view of the “landspout” tornado from the northern sections of the Denver metro area to the south to Fort Collins and Greeley to the north.

RELATED: Weld County Tornado Rated EF-1 With 99 MPH Maximum Winds

Even tourists visiting Colorado’s high country could see the tornado. A visitor from California tweeting a photo from at least 20 miles away in the foothills of Boulder County.

@ChrisCBS4 here’s a view from Flagstaff Mtn. First view of tornado! Visiting from California. pic.twitter.com/m09YUjiNXk

— Tahoetrekker (@Tahoetrekker1) June 8, 2021

Fortunately, the tornado never became strong enough to cause significant widespread damage or cause any injuries. Some indiscriminate damage was still reported in many areas across southern Weld County which has experienced more tornadoes than another other single county in the country.

The threat for a tornado was very small on Monday but enough wind was able to perfectly converge along a boundary in Weld County to cause the tornado. The same atmospheric setup could happen many times without a tornado so it was an unlikely occurrence.

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The chance for another tornado on Tuesday is even smaller than Monday so it’s even more unlikely to happen. That said, the northeast region of the state has been highlighted by the National Weather Service to have a “marginal” threat for severe weather including thunderstorms capable of producing damaging hail and/or wind after 4 p.m. No part of the Denver metro area has been highlighted for severe weather on Tuesday.

(source: CBS)

The much bigger weather story than thunderstorms for most of Colorado through Thursday will be more intense heat.

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For most of Sterling's 33 years of ownership, the Clippers were the NBA’s most beleaguered franchise, a monument to mismanagement and misfortune. It didn’t help that they’ve been playing in the shadow of the league’s most glamorous franchise in the Lakers.

© Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Clippers players Paul George and Kawhi Leonard pose for photographs with head coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer in 2019.

But a Clippers franchise once synonymous with losing, mismanagement and ineptitude on every level — in the 1980s they were widely considered the worst-managed franchise in professional sports — is finally having their day in the sun.

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The Clippers started the postseason by losing the first two games at home to the Dallas Mavericks. Then they trailed 30-11 in the first quarter of Game 3. Cue the "Same old Clippers" rendition. Except, these Clippers showed they were not those Clippers.

The Clippers overcame a second 0-2 hole to the Utah Jazz and won an improbable four consecutive games, including two without Kawhi Leonard, and are now in the Western Conference finals for the first time.

Here’s a look at the highs and most lows in the franchise’s 51-year history.

NBA expansion wave

The Buffalo Braves joined the NBA in 1970 in the fourth wave of expansion that began in 1966 with the Chicago Bulls. The Braves entered the league with the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Eventually, the Braves would bring in Jack Ramsey as head coach, and he was in charge as Buffalo rose from expansion mediocrity into one of the most electrifying teams of the mid-1970s, led by MVP Bob McAdoo.

Brave new world

In 1978, Braves owner John Y. Brown Jr. and Celtics owner Irv Levin traded teams. Levin, a California businessman, then moved the Braves to San Diego and renamed them the Clippers.

Levin was unpopular in Boston. And the Braves had little popularity in Buffalo, even with the electrifying McAdoo. The team was the No. 3 tenant in The Auditorium and were forced to play 16 home games in Toronto at Maple Leafs Garden.

Donald Sterling purchases team © Lenny Ignelzi, AP Donald Sterling speaks to reporters after announcing he purchased the San Diego Clippers.

Sterling essentially got the Clippers for free; he agreed to pick up the $13 million the San Diego Clippers owed in deferred salaries. He said at an introductory press conference that he would spend "unlimited sums" to build the Clippers into a winner. Instead he was often referred to as the "Granddaddy of Bad Owners."

Where to start? In the 1980s, the Clippers routinely violated a collectively bargained requirement to seat players in first class for flights lasting longer than two hours. Sterling once slashed the previous season's budget by $1.7 million, including a training camp free-fall from $52,504 one season to $120. (That would be the equivalent of slashing the team’s budget by about 25% in today’s NBA.) Jim Lynam, the last coach in San Diego, once said Sterling tried to back out on his initial two-year contract by cutting it in half. Sterling relented only after Lynam threatened to walk away.

Moving to Hollywood

In May 1984, Sterling moved the Clippers to Los Angeles, the home of his real estate empire. That led to a $25 million lawsuit by the NBA for moving without permission. The NBA Board of Governors debated whether L.A. was an appropriate market for a second NBA franchise, and if so, if that team should have been the Clippers or an expansion franchise.

Draft Lottery parties

Some have argued that the franchise’s best moments were the fancy draft-lottery parties that Sterling threw each year in Beverly Hills. The Clippers picked in the lottery for each of Sterling’s first 10 years of ownership. It didn’t help that they often drafted poorly. They drafted Bryon Scott with the No. 4 pick in 1983 and traded him to the Lakers for Norm Nixon, who played three seasons with the Clippers before missing back-to-back seasons with knee and Achilles injuries. In 1984, they selected Louisville’s Lancaster Gordon with the No. 8 pick. He lasted four years in the NBA and averaged 5.6 points a game. In 1985, they selected Benoit Benjamin with the No. 3 overall pick, passing over such future Hall of Famers like Chris Mullin, Karl Malone and Joe Dumars.

Manning, then Harper sustain knee injuries © Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images Ron Harper was the Clippers' scoring leader when he suffered a season-ending knee injury during the 1989-90 season.

Just when it looked like the Clippers could be turning the corner, former No. 1 pick Danny Manning and Ron Harper, who they traded for in the Danny Ferry draft fiasco, both suffered season-ending ACL tears one year apart. Manning, the No. 1 overall pick in 1988, suffered an ACL tear on Jan. 4, 1989 — just 26 games into his rookie season. The next season, Harper, the team’s leading scorer who was acquired from Cleveland when 1989 No. 2 overall pick Danny Ferry refused to play for the Clippers, suffered a season-ending injury on Jan. 17 of the next year.

Move to Staples Center

In 1999, the Clippers moved from the dingy L.A. Sports Arena to Staples Center, joining the Lakers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. In sharing the building with other tenants, such as the more popular Lakers, the Clippers were often overshadowed and had to contend with seeing the Lakers’ championship banners.

A no-brainer draft pick

Finally, the Clippers had a draft scenario that they couldn’t screw up. With the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, the Clippers picked the sure thing: Blake Griffin of Oklahoma. He was the consensus college player of the year after leading the nation with 14.4 rebounds per game while averaging 22.7 points in his final season at Oklahoma. The Clippers made it clear they would take Griffin hours after they won the draft lottery and stuck with the pick. Even though he missed his first season with a broken left kneecap, Griffin ushered in the best era in franchise history.

Getting serious with Chris Paul © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports Chris Paul (3) with Blake Griffin (32) and DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers traded for Paul in Dec. 14, 2011, only six days after NBA Commissioner David Stern nixed a deal that would have sent him from New Orleans to the Lakers. With Paul joining Griffin, the Clippers finally had the star power to compete with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the Lakers. The Lakers tried to acquire Paul in a three-team deal the week before, but Stern, acting as the Hornets’ de facto owner, rejected the deal. The acquisition of Paul ignited the Clippers’ celebrated "Lob City" era, with Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. But their six-year partnership produced three first-round playoff exits and three second-round playoff exits.

Acquiring a coach for a draft pick

For the right to land Doc Rivers as coach in the summer of 2013, the Clippers agreed to send the rebuilding Celtics a first-round draft pick in 2015. The Clippers also agreed to take on the final three years and $21 million of Rivers’ contract. The $7 million annual salary was a huge leap for the usually frugal Donald Stern. But it perhaps signaled that the Clippers might be serious about being a title contender.

Rivers famously plotted out the Clippers’ parade route upon his arrival. He also had the Lakers’ 17 championship banners and 10 retired jerseys covered during Clippers home games, replaced with his players’ banners. 

Donald Sterling forced out © Stephen Dunn, Getty Images Clippers fans hold up signs referencing the Donald Sterling situation before the game with the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center.

After an audio recording surfaced of Sterling making racists statements, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made a bold and unprecedented move to ban Sterling from the league for life and force him to sell the team. Sterling was also fined $2.5 million, the maximum allowable under the NBA’s constitution. It was among the harshest rebukes ever given to an owner of a pro sports franchise.

Silver’s decision came just three days after TMZ released a tape of Sterling admonishing his girlfriend for posing for pictures with Black people, and telling her not to bring Black people to Clippers games.

Players threatened to boycott league games and several sponsors suspended their relationship with the Clippers. After Silver’s quick action in the days following the recording’s release, many of the sponsors returned.

Steve Balmer purchases Clippers

After failing to acquire the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle the year before, Ballmer, the former chief executive at Microsoft, was able to purchase the Clippers in 2014 for $2 billion, a then-record price for an NBA team.  

The sale price would be almost four times the previous NBA franchise high: the $550 million paid in May 2014 for the Milwaukee Bucks. It would be the second-highest price ever paid for a sports team in North America. The Dodgers sold in 2012 for $2.1 billion.

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan wrote on Twitter: "Thank You! And welcome."

Clippers blow 3-1 lead, Part 1

It looked as if the Clippers were finally on their way past the second round of the postseason, but this being the Clippers … they were cruising against the Houston Rockets in the 2015 Western Conference semifinals. They won Game 3, 124-99. They won Game 4, 128-95. Then the wheels came off.

James Harden had 26 points in Game 5 to lead the way for Houston, then the Rockets outscored the Clippers 40-15 in the fourth quarter on the road in Game 6 to turn around a 19-point second half deficit. Harden added 31 more points in Game 7, and the Clippers never led en route to the loss.

Clippers land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

In one fell swoop, the Clippers were magically transformed into a title contender. First, the Clippers made a stunning trade for All-Star Paul George. Then Kawhi Leonard rebuffed the Lakers, a franchise accustomed to being a preferred landing spot for the NBA’s elite talent, to sign a free-agent deal with the Clippers.

The signing of Leonard, a Southern California native, was a watershed moment for the Clippers. He represented the first marque player to arrive on the Clippers’ doorstep with an actual say in the matter. Their other marque talent had arrived through the draft or trades.

After failed recruiting pitches to get Jimmy Butler and Kevin Durant to join him on the Clippers, Leonard was easily able to persuade George, also a Southern California native, to request a trade from the Thunder to the Clippers.

Clippers blow 3-1 lead, Part 2 © Douglas P. DeFelice, Getty Images Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers of the LA Clippers reacts during the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets in Game Seven of the Western Conference Second Round.

When the Clippers went up 3-1 in the Western Conference semifinal series against the Nuggets in 2020, there seemed little chance they could blow it. Right? Not with the self-proclaimed Playoff P (Paul George) and a two-time NBA Finals MVP (Kawhi Leonard). But the Clippers were the Clippers.

The meltdown began in Game 5, when they blew a 16-point lead. It continued in Game 6 with them wasting a 19-point lead. And it culminated in Game 7 with the Nuggets taking control in the third quarter and demoralizing the Clippers in the fourth.

Because of the collapse, Doc Rivers was fired and then took the 76ers’ head coaching position three days later. The Clippers then hired Rivers assistant and former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, and the team retooled by bringing in Serge Ibaka, Luke Kennard and Nicolas Batum.

Finally, a Western Conference finals trip © Mark J. Terrill, AP Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann, right, celebrates with guard Paul George after scoring and drawing a foul during the first half in Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Utah Jazz.

The first sign of certain trouble for the Clippers was when they dropped the first two games to the Utah Jazz. Led by Kawhi Leonard, they recovered nicely to tie the series. But while leading the way in Game 4, Leonard suffered a knee injury and hasn’t played since. That was clearly a second sign of deep trouble.

But stunningly, the Clippers completed a four-game win streak in the series in Game 6 after overcoming a 25-point deficit. And with that, they exorcised the so-called Clippers curse.

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The Nets won the game, 125-86, to take a 2-0 series lead. 52/102 SLIDES © Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports Second round: Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins reacts after a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers. 53/102 SLIDES © Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports Second round: Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) drives against Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) and center Joel Embiid (21) during the third quarter. 54/102 SLIDES © Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports Second round: Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) loosk for space to work against Bucks defender P.J. Tucker (17) during the first half of Game 1. 55/102 SLIDES © Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports Second round: Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) dives and knocks the ball away from Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) during the first half of Game 1. 56/102 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports First round: Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) moves in for a basket ahead of Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) and guard Luka Doncic (77) during the first half of Game 7. 57/102 SLIDES © Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports First round: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) watches his dagger 3 go in over Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) late in the fourth quarter of Game 6. 58/102 SLIDES © Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports First round: Suns guard Devin Booker (1) puts up a shot during the first half of Game 6 against the Lakers. 59/102 SLIDES © Troy Wayrynen, USA TODAY Sports First round: Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. throws down the one-handed slam during the first half of Game 6 against the Blazers. 60/102 SLIDES © Wendell Cruz, USA TODAY Sports First round: Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) and Hawks forward John Collins (20) hit the floor to fight for a loose ball during the second half of Game 5. 61/102 SLIDES © Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports First round: Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the bucket past Mavericks defenders Boban Marjanovic (51) and Luka Doncic (77) during the first half of Game 5. 62/102 SLIDES © Chris Nicoll, USA TODAY Sports First round: Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots over Grizzlies defender Dillon Brooks (24) during the second half of Game 5. 63/102 SLIDES © Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports First round: Sixers guard Ben Simmons (25) passes between Wizards defenders Rui Hachimura (8) and Russell Westbrook (4) during the first half of Game 5. 64/102 SLIDES © Mark J. 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The Jazz won the game, 120-113, to take a 3-1 series lead. 68/102 SLIDES © Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY Sports First round: The Washington Wizards' Rui Hachimura (8) and Bradley Beal react as time expires on their 122-114 win against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 at Capital One Arena. 69/102 SLIDES © Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports First round: The LA Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 at American Airlines Center. The Clippers won, 106-81, to even up the series at two games apiece. 70/102 SLIDES © Brian Fluharty, USA TODAY Sports First round: The Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) passes the ball in front of the Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum during the first half of Game 4 at TD Garden. The Nets won, 141-26, to take a 3-1 series lead. 71/102 SLIDES © Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports First round: Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) gets fouled by New York Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) during the first half of Game 4 at State Farm Arena. The Hawks won the game, 113-90, to take a 3-1 series lead. 72/102 SLIDES © Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports First round: A despondent Bradley Beal looks on from the bench as the final moments wind down on the Wizards' loss to the Sixers in Game 3. 73/102 SLIDES © Jaime Valdez, USA TODAY Sports First round: Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) and Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) scramble for a loose ball during the first half of Game 4. 74/102 SLIDES © Petre Thomas, USA TODAY Sports First round: Jazz guard Mike Conley drives to the basket during the second half of Game 3 against the Grizzlies. 75/102 SLIDES © Sam Navarro, USA TODAY Sports First round: Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo throws down the one-handed slam during the second half of Game 4 against the Heat. 76/102 SLIDES © Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports First round: Hawks guard Trae Young (11) looks for room to work against Knicks defender Derrick Rose (4) during the first half of Game 3. 77/102 SLIDES © Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports First round: Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) draws a foul on Clippers defender Paul George (13) during the first half of Game 3. 78/102 SLIDES © Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports First round: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket past Nets defender Blake Griffin (2) during the first half of Game 3. 79/102 SLIDES © Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports First round: Nuggets guard Austin Rivers gets fired up after hitting a big 3-pointer during the second half of Game 3 against the Blazers. 80/102 SLIDES © Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports First round: Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) tries to pass under pressure from Lakers defender Marc Gasol (14) during the fourth quarter of Game 3. 81/102 SLIDES © Jim Rassol, USA TODAY Sports First round: Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) hits the floor to grab a loose ball against Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) during the second half of Game 3. 82/102 SLIDES © Chris Nicoll, USA TODAY Sports First round: Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) blocks Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) on a dunk attempt during the first half of Game 2. 83/102 SLIDES © Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports First round: Sixers center Joel Embiid (21) drives to the bucket past Wizards defenders Robin Lopez (15) and Davis Bertans (42) during the first half of Game 2. 84/102 SLIDES © Pool photo via USA TODAY Sports First round: Spike Lee and the Madison Square Garden Garden crowd were lit as the Knicks topped the Hawks in Game 2. 85/102 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports First round: Suns forward Jae Crowder (top) reacts after being called for a foul against Lakers forward Anthony Davis during the second half in Game 2. 86/102 SLIDES © Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports First round: Nets guard James Harden (13) corrals the ball against Celtics defender Marcus Smart (36) during the first half of Game 2. 87/102 SLIDES © Michael McLoone, USA TODAY Sports First round: Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives to the basket between Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and guard Pat Connaughton (24) in Game 2. 88/102 SLIDES © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports First round: Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) passes the ball as Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (11) defends during Game 2. 89/102 SLIDES © Chris Nicoll, USA TODAY Sports First round: Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic is fouled while shooting during the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies. 90/102 SLIDES © Seth Wenig, Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports First round: Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young gestures during the second half of Game 1 against the New York Knicks. 91/102 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports First round: Tempers flare between the Lakers and Suns during the second half of Game 1 of their first-round series. 92/102 SLIDES © Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports First round: Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts next to Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook after an and-one during the second quarter of Game 1 of their first-round series. 93/102 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports First round: Blazers guard Damian Lillard snarls his way back down the court after hitting a big 3 during the third quarter of Game 1 against the Nuggets. 94/102 SLIDES © Dennis Schneidler, USA TODAY Sports First round: Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives to the bucket against Celtics defender Marcus Smart (36) during the third quarter of Game 1. 95/102 SLIDES © Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports First round: Luka Doncic was fired up after the Mavericks rallied past the Clippers to steal Game 1. 96/102 SLIDES © Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports First round: Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) rises up and knocks down the game-winning shot over Heat defender Duncan Robinson (55) with 0.5 seconds left in overtime of Game 1. 97/102 SLIDES © Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Play-in: Ja Morant (12) and Dillon Brooks (24) were fired up after a clutch late bucket that helped the Grizzlies hold off the Warriors for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. 98/102 SLIDES © Tommy Gilligan, USA TODAY Sports Play-in: Russell Westbrook fires up the home crowd after a big third-quarter bucket against the Pacers. 99/102 SLIDES © Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports Play-in: Warriors defender Draymond Green, right, fouls Lakers forward LeBron James on a drive to the hoop during the the fourth quarter. 100/102 SLIDES © Petre Thomas, USA TODAY Sports Play-in: Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) and center Jonas Valanciunas (17) get fired up after a big first-half 3 against the Spurs. 101/102 SLIDES © Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports Play-in: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives and shoots over Wizards defender Alex Len (27) during the first half. 102/102 SLIDES © Trevor Ruszkowski, USA TODAY Sports Play-in: Pacers forward Oshae Brissett (12) throws down a two-handed slam during the fourth against the Hornets. 102/102 SLIDES

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