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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO  
259 AM MST THU DEC 14 2017  
   
..TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
2-17 IN 1939...MORE THAN 2 WEEKS OF UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER  
MADE THE MONTH THE 3RD WARMEST ON RECORD. SEVEN DAILY  
TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET...INCLUDING THE ALL TIME  
RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF 79 DEGREES ON  
THE 5TH. DAYTIME HIGHS WERE BALMY WITH 14 DAYS IN THE  
60'S AND 70'S. LOW TEMPERATURES DIPPED TO FREEZING OR  
BELOW ON ONLY 5 DAYS. THE PERIOD WAS DRY WITH ONLY A  
TRACE OF SNOW ON THE 12TH.  
3-15 IN 1972...A PROTRACTED COLD SPELL HELD AN ICY GRIP ON METRO  
DENVER WHEN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES NEVER REACHED ABOVE  
FREEZING FOR 10 CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 3RD THROUGH  
THE 12TH AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES DIPPED BELOW ZERO ON  
ELEVEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM THE 5TH THROUGH THE 15TH.  
DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET WITH 15 DEGREES  
BELOW ZERO ON THE 5TH...17 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 6TH...  
AND 18 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 10TH. DAILY RECORD LOW  
MAXIMUM READINGS WERE SET WITH 3 DEGREES ON THE 6TH AND  
6 DEGREES ON THE 9TH. THE VERY COLD TEMPERATURES WERE  
CAUSED BY 3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW COVER AND A CANADIAN AIR  
MASS.  
12-15 IN 1921...DOWNSLOPE CHINOOK WINDS PRODUCED WARM TEMPERATURES  
IN THE CITY...WHICH RESULTED IN 4 TEMPERATURE RECORDS.  
HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 72 DEGREES ON THE 13TH AND 68 DEGREES  
ON THE 15TH WERE RECORD MAXIMUMS FOR THE DATES. LOW  
TEMPERATURES OF 47 DEGREES ON BOTH THE 12TH AND 13TH WERE  
RECORD HIGH MINIMUMS FOR THE DATES. WEST WINDS WERE  
SUSTAINED TO 38 MPH ON THE 12TH AND TO 25 MPH ON THE  
13TH.  
13-14 IN 1902...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.4 INCHES IN THE CITY  
OVERNIGHT. NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 18 MPH WITH  
GUSTS TO 20 MPH ON THE 13TH.  
IN 1925...HEAVY APPARENT POST-FRONTAL SNOWFALL TOTALED  
7.8 INCHES ACROSS DOWNTOWN DENVER. NORTHWEST WINDS  
WERE SUSTAINED TO 34 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 42 ON THE 13TH...  
AND NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 33 MPH WITH GUSTS TO  
38 MPH ON THE 14TH.  
IN 1951...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 5.9 INCHES AT STAPLETON  
AIRPORT.  
IN 1987...A SNOWSTORM DROPPED 2 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ALONG THE  
FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS. EIGHT TO 12 INCHES FELL JUST SOUTH  
OF DENVER. ICY STREETS AND HIGHWAYS CONTRIBUTED TO MANY  
TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ACROSS METRO DENVER AND FLIGHTS WERE  
DELAYED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE 2.7  
INCHES OF SNOW FELL AND NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 17 MPH.  
IN 1991...HIGH WINDS PUMMELED METRO DENVER. WIND GUSTS TO 93  
MPH WERE RECORDED AT ROLLINSVILLE. WIND SPEEDS ACROSS METRO  
DENVER WERE GENERALLY 35 TO 50 MPH. NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED  
TO 48 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 13TH.  
14 IN 1926...AN INTRUSION OF COLD AIR RESULTED IN TEMPERATURES  
REMAINING BELOW ZERO. THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF ONE DEGREE  
BELOW ZERO WAS A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE. THE LOW  
TEMPERATURE WAS 11 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. NORTH WINDS WERE  
SUSTAINED TO 17 MPH.  
IN 1985...A WIND GUST TO 61 MPH WAS RECORDED AT TABLE MESA IN  
BOULDER.  
IN 1996...HIGH WINDS GUSTING FROM 60 TO NEARLY 80 MPH MOVED  
OFF THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS AND OVER THE NORTHEAST  
COLORADO PLAINS IN THE WAKE OF A FAST MOVING COLD FRONT.  
THE STRONGEST WIND GUSTS INCLUDED 79 MPH AT GOLDEN GATE  
CANYON AND 70 MPH NEAR TABLE MESA IN SOUTHWEST BOULDER.  
AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...WEST-NORTHWEST WINDS  
GUSTED TO ONLY 39 MPH.  
14-15 IN 1988...A SNOW STORM AGAIN WHITENED METRO DENVER.  
SNOWFALL ALONG THE FRONT RANGE WAS IN THE 6 TO 12 INCH  
RANGE. SNOWFALL TOTALED 5.8 INCHES AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 38 MPH.  
IN 1990...HIGH WINDS HOWLED ACROSS METRO DENVER BEHIND A  
STRONG PACIFIC COLD FRONT. BOULDER WAS HARDEST HIT BY THE  
HIGH WINDS. A WIND GUST TO 120 MPH WAS RECORDED IN SOUTH  
BOULDER WHERE WINDS STRIPPED THE ROOF OFF A GARAGE...A  
VACANT GAS STATION...AND A HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.  
ELSEWHERE IN BOULDER...SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN. IN  
BOULDER CANYON...THE WINDS TOPPLED TWO CINDER BLOCK WALLS ON  
A HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION. FOUR BOULDER COUNTY WOMEN WERE  
TREATED FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY THE WIND. THE INJURIES WERE  
CONFINED TO A BROKEN WRIST...A MILD CONCUSSION...BRUISES...AND  
FACIAL CUTS. TWO SEMI-TRACTOR TRAILERS WERE BLOWN OVER BY  
THE FIERCE WINDS SOUTH OF BOULDER. ANOTHER TRUCK ROLLOVER  
OCCURRED SOUTHEAST OF GOLDEN. DRIVERS OF ALL THREE TRUCKS  
SUFFERED ONLY CUTS AND BRUISES. SEVERAL VEHICLES WERE  
TRAPPED IN A BLINDING DUST STORM ON THE DENVER-BOULDER  
TURNPIKE NEAR BROOMFIELD. DRIVERS WERE FORCED TO STOP  
ALONG THE HIGHWAY FOR SEVERAL MINUTES DURING THE STORM AND  
WITNESS THEIR VEHICLES BEING PELTED WITH SAND AND GRAVEL.  
A WIND GUST TO 97 MPH WAS RECORDED IN GOLDEN. HIGH WINDS  
WERE ALSO REPORTED IN ARVADA...BOULDER...AND LAKEWOOD. WINDS  
TOPPLED A NUMBER OF UTILITY POLES AND WOODEN FENCES...BLEW  
OUT WINDOWS...AND CAUSED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO A LARGE  
APARTMENT COMPLEX ON THE WEST SIDE OF GOLDEN. WIND GUSTS  
OF 70 TO 100 MPH CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO SEVERAL  
LARGE BILLBOARDS NORTH OF GOLDEN...AS WELL AS DAMAGING THE  
PAINT...TRIM...AND GLASS ON NUMEROUS VEHICLES IN THE AREA.  
A WEST WIND GUST TO 51 MPH WAS RECORDED AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
 

 
 
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