As I've told my wife numerous times, she's going to get a whole different perspective on what REAL weather is once we're in Colorado.
This past Thursday, a violent but brief hailstorm pounded parts of the city. Out where the kids live, North West of the city, there was 2" hail, driven by high winds, causing quite a bit of damage.
The house the kids live in got clobbered. Three sides of the house look like this:
And the roof took a beating, too. I'm surprised they didn't have some broken windows.
The nice 1/8 acre garden they had looks like the not-so-jolly Green Giant came in and stomped on it.
AFAIK, my wife has never been through a real Midwestern-style thunderstorm, with high winds, driving rain, and large hail. Fort Collins is a bit protected, being in the Cache La Poudre valley, but it's still in open enough country to get really clobbered. The last time we were there in the summer, I notice really big anvil-heads to the East, and mentioned to my wife that somebody was really going to catch it. Sure enough, as we got in the car the EAS warnings came on the radio about severe storms in Weld County, with tornado warnings. Seeing the anvil-heads reminded me of growing up in Illinois, where we had weather like that several times per summer.
It's one thing to see the damage a storm like this can do, and another thing to be right in the middle of one, and not really being able to do much about it.
I hope whatever we buy has a basement!