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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO  
259 AM MDT SUN APR 30 2017  
   
..TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
29-30 IN 1964...SEVERAL WEEKS OF DRY WEATHER AND WINDY CONDITIONS  
ACROSS THE GREAT PLAINS TO THE EAST CAUSED NOTICEABLE  
SUSPENDED DUST TO INVADE METRO DENVER. AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EAST WINDS GUSTED TO 28 MPH AND  
VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED TO 5 MILES.  
IN 1989...A LATE SEASON SNOWSTORM DROPPED 2 TO 4 INCHES OF  
SNOW ACROSS METRO DENVER WITH 6 TO 12 INCHES IN THE  
FOOTHILLS. SNOWFALL TOTALED 3.9 INCHES AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO  
23 MPH AND THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH ON THE GROUND WAS  
2 INCHES DUE TO MELTING.  
IN 1991...A PACIFIC STORM DUMPED HEAVY WET SNOW ACROSS METRO  
DENVER. THE FOOTHILLS WERE HIT THE HARDEST WHERE SNOWFALL  
AMOUNTS RANGED FROM 16 INCHES AT EVERGREEN TO 5 INCHES AT  
IDAHO SPRINGS. LOWER ELEVATIONS OF METRO DENVER RECEIVED  
5 TO 9 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WITH 5 INCHES IN BOULDER AND 7.0  
INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTHEAST  
WINDS GUSTED TO 25 MPH. THE WEIGHT OF THE SNOW CAUSED  
POWER LINES TO FALL AND TREE LIMBS TO SNAP...PRODUCING POWER  
OUTAGES IN PARTS OF DENVER...AURORA...AND WESTMINSTER.  
IN 1999...HEAVY SNOW FELL OVERNIGHT IN THE FOOTHILLS ABOVE  
7500 FEET ELEVATION. SNOWFALL TOTALS INCLUDED: 13 INCHES  
NEAR ROLLINSVILLE...10 INCHES NEAR EVERGREEN...8 INCHES AT  
BLACKHAWK AND NEDERLAND...AND 7 INCHES AT CONIFER. ONLY  
RAIN FELL ACROSS THE CITY WITH 2.13 INCHES RECORDED AT  
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
29-2 IN 1954...A MAJOR STORM DUMPED 10.1 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT  
STAPLETON AIRPORT. MOST OF THE SNOW...7.5 INCHES...FELL ON  
THE 29TH AND 30TH. THE MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH ON THE GROUND  
WAS 5 INCHES ON THE 30TH DUE TO MELTING. NO STRONG WINDS  
ACCOMPANIED THE STORM.  
30 IN 1896...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 55 MPH WITH GUSTS  
AS HIGH AS 64 MPH IN THE CITY.  
IN 1960...THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO 22 DEGREES  
AT STAPLETON AIRPORT. THE SUB-FREEZING COLD DAMAGED  
FRUIT TREES AND SOME OTHER CROPS IN THE AREA.  
IN 1967...WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 51 MPH AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WINDS WERE STRONG AND GUSTY  
ACROSS ALL OF METRO DENVER.  
IN 1972...HAIL 1/2 TO 3/4 INCHES IN DIAMETER FELL AT  
STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED  
TO 35 MPH.  
IN 1980...A COLD AIR FUNNEL TOUCHED DOWN SEVERAL TIMES NEAR  
LOUISVILLE.  
IN 1983...MOTHBALL-SIZE HAIL FELL IN WHEAT RIDGE.  
IN 1992...THE ALL-TIME HIGHEST RECORDED TEMPERATURE IN APRIL...  
90 DEGREES...OCCURRED. THIS IS ALSO THE EARLIEST 90 DEGREE  
READING FOR THE SEASON. IN ADDITION...THE TEMPERATURE  
DIPPED TO A LOW OF ONLY 56 DEGREES...SETTING A RECORD HIGH  
MINIMUM FOR THE DATE.  
IN 1995...HAIL...UP TO 3/4 INCH IN DIAMETER...FELL AT DENVER  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE HAIL WAS SOFT...LASTED FOR ONLY  
8 TO 10 MINUTES...AND CAUSED NO DAMAGE.  
IN 2002...DROUGHT CONDITIONS STARTED TO HAVE AN EFFECT ON  
GREATER METRO DENVER. APRIL...NORMALLY THE THIRD SNOWIEST  
MONTH OF THE YEAR IN DENVER AVERAGING JUST OVER 9 INCHES OF  
SNOW...ENDED WITH ONLY A TRACE OF SNOW...RANKING THE MONTH...  
ALONG WITH PREVIOUS APRILS...THE 2ND LEAST SNOWIEST ON  
RECORD. THE MONTH ENDED WITH ONLY 0.23 INCH OF LIQUID  
PRECIPITATION MAKING THE MONTH THE 3RD DRIEST ON RECORD.  
MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK WAS LESS THAN HALF OF NORMAL FOR THIS  
TIME OF YEAR. A STATEWIDE DROUGHT EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED  
BY THE GOVERNOR.  
IN 2003...A SMALL TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN 10 MILES EAST OF HUDSON...  
BUT DID NO DAMAGE. HAIL AS LARGE AS 3/4 INCH IN DIAMETER  
FELL IN AURORA NEAR CHERRY CREEK.  
IN 2004...POST-FRONTAL UPSLOPE FLOW PRODUCED LIGHT SNOWFALL  
ACROSS METRO DENVER. SNOWFALL WAS 4.0 INCHES AT DENVER  
STAPLETON...WHILE THE TEMPERATURE HOVERED IN THE LOWER 30'S  
ALL DAY. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS ONLY 33 DEGREES...A  
RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE. THE LOW TEMPERATURE OF  
30 DEGREES WAS NOT A RECORD. NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 20 MPH  
AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
30-1 IN 1980...TO THE WEST OF DENVER...HEAVY RAIN CHANGING TO SNOW  
BURIED THE FOOTHILLS ABOVE 7 THOUSAND FEET IN 4 TO 8 INCHES  
OF SNOW. PRECIPITATION IN THE FOOTHILLS RANGED FROM 1 TO 3  
INCHES...WHICH CAUSED SOME LOCAL FLOODING. RAIN FELL AT  
LOWER ELEVATIONS. RAINFALL AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL  
AIRPORT TOTALED 1.05 INCHES FROM THE STORM.  
 

 
 
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