The record-breaking winds over the past month in the Grand Valley are believed to be one of the factors that led to a Colorado man's death.

According to a report from Out There Colorado, Gale Miles, an 85-year-old resident of Clifton, Colorado succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a falling tree on May 11, 2022.

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Mesa County Coroner's Report on Clifton Man's Death

A report obtained by ABC 8 from the Mesa County Coroner's office states that Miles suffered multiple blunt force injuries as a result of the tree falling. The Mesa County Corner's office has ruled Miles' death as an accident.

Currently, there have been no further details provided as to if the man was chopping down the tree.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of the deceased.

Grand Junction Reports Highest Winds in 3 Decades

A recent report from the National Weather Service states:

This past month was the windiest period at the Grand Junction Airport in the last 35 years based on the average wind. Peak winds reached or exceeded 45 mph 11 times, 50 mph 6 times, and 60 mph 3 times.

With the winds picking up much higher speeds than what we typically see in the Grand Valley, it is critical that we are aware of the threats the winds can cause.

Colorado Wind Safety Tips

Keep an eye out for high wind advisories and in the event of one, remember:

  • to avoid driving on the highway in lightweight or high profile vehicles
  • to tie down lightweight decor or bring them inside
  • to avoid yard work, as debris can easily be picked up by high winds
  • to close your windows due to dust and allergens that will be amplified by the winds

You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting yourself and your property against wind damage.

The Highest Wind Gusts Recorded Each of the Past 25 Years in Colorado

See which days have brought the strongest winds to Colorado for each of the past 25 years.

WOW: The Now-Abandoned Old Exit of Colorado’s Cave of the Winds

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Popular Colorado attraction Cave of the Winds has an exit that is no longer in use and is now completely abandoned.

Grand Junction Chooses Between Wind and Cold

Personally, I hate the wind, and I get the same sentiment from a lot of people I talk to - though there are those who don't seem to mind it. Recently, we asked a hypothetical question on social media to try and get a bead on how people are feeling about all of the wind this spring in the Grand Valley. Would you rather have a week of 30-mile-per-hour winds or a week of sub-zero temperatures? Here's what our listeners had to say.