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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO  
259 AM MDT WED MAR 22 2017  
   
..TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
20-22 IN 1944...HEAVY SNOW FELL OVER METRO DENVER FOR A TOTAL OF  
36 HOURS. THE STORM DUMPED 18.5 INCHES OF SNOWFALL OVER  
DOWNTOWN DENVER AND 12.2 INCHES AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.  
FORTUNATELY...THERE WERE NO STRONG WINDS WITH THE STORM.  
NORTH WINDS TO ONLY 19 MPH WERE RECORDED ON THE 21ST.  
21-22 IN 1955...WIND GUSTS TO 98 MPH WERE RECORDED AT ROCKY FLATS  
SOUTH OF BOULDER. SOME DAMAGE AND A FEW MINOR INJURIES  
WERE REPORTED IN BOULDER. NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED  
TO 28 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 39 MPH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT ON THE  
22ND.  
IN 1966...A VIGOROUS COLD FRONT PRODUCED ONLY 1.7 INCHES OF  
SNOWFALL AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...BUT NORTHEAST  
WINDS GUSTED TO 49 MPH ON THE 21ST. TEMPERATURES COOLED  
FROM A MAXIMUM OF 66 DEGREES ON THE 21ST TO A MINIMUM OF  
14 DEGREES ON THE 22ND. STRONG WINDS OCCURRED ON BOTH  
DAYS.  
IN 1992...AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT PRODUCED UPSLOPE SNOW ACROSS  
METRO DENVER MAINLY WEST OF I-25. CASTLE ROCK REPORTED 6  
INCHES OF SNOW WITH 3 INCHES AT EVERGREEN. AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...ONLY 1.5 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WERE  
MEASURED AND NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 18 MPH ON THE 21ST.  
22 IN 1905...APPARENT POST-FRONTAL NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO  
49 MPH.  
IN 1922...A VIGOROUS COLD FRONT WITH NORTH WINDS SUSTAINED TO  
41 MPH BROUGHT ONLY 0.6 INCH OF SNOWFALL TO THE CITY.  
THESE WERE THE HIGHEST WINDS OF THE MONTH.  
IN 1966...HIGH WINDS CAUSED EXTENSIVE BLOWING SNOW THAT  
IMPEDED TRAFFIC AND CLOSED HIGHWAYS OVER A WIDE AREA OF  
EASTERN COLORADO. WIND DAMAGE WAS WIDESPREAD...BUT MINOR.  
NORTH WIND GUSTS TO 47 MPH WERE RECORDED AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED AS LOW  
AS 1/8 MILE IN BLOWING SNOW.  
IN 1975...A STRONG WEST WIND GUST TO 51 MPH WAS RECORDED AT  
STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...WHILE EAST OF DENVER  
THE STRONG WINDS CAUSED MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE AND  
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING DUST WHICH CLOSED SEVERAL ROADS.  
IN 1979...NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS PARALYZED THE NORTHEASTERN  
QUARTER OF THE STATE. STRONG WINDS AND DRIFTING SNOW  
CLOSED MANY ROADS...INCLUDING I-25 AND I-70. POWER OUTAGES  
DARKENED SECTIONS OF METRO DENVER. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF  
4 TO 12 INCHES WERE MEASURED OVER THE PLAINS WITH DRIFTS  
SEVERAL FEET DEEP. ONLY 3.5 INCHES OF SNOW WERE RECORDED  
AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTHEAST WINDS  
GUSTED TO 39 MPH CAUSING SOME BLOWING SNOW.  
IN 1995...STRONG WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH A FAST MOVING PACIFIC  
COLD FRONT MOVED FROM THE MOUNTAINS INTO METRO DENVER.  
WINDS ESTIMATED AT 60 TO 75 MPH PICKED UP ROCKS AND  
SHATTERED THE WINDOWS OF A CAR IN LOUISVILLE. THE STRONG  
WINDS BLEW DOWN AND PARTIALLY DESTROYED TWO HOUSES UNDER  
CONSTRUCTION JUST NORTH OF THORNTON. WEST WINDS GUSTED  
TO 53 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE THE  
VISIBILITY WAS BRIEFLY REDUCED TO 1/2 MILE IN BLOWING DUST.  
22-23 IN 1936...HEAVY SNOWFALL OF 7.7 INCHES WAS MEASURED IN  
DOWNTOWN DENVER. THE HEAVY WET SNOWFALL FORMED A THICK  
COATING OF SNOW ON TREES AND SHRUBS...BUT CAUSED LITTLE  
DAMAGE. NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 15 MPH.  
IN 1984...AROUND A HALF FOOT OF NEW SNOW FELL ACROSS METRO  
DENVER...CAUSING FLIGHT DELAYS AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL  
AIRPORT WHERE SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.0 INCHES AND NORTH WINDS  
GUSTED TO 31 MPH. UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW FELL IN THE  
FOOTHILLS. ICY ROADS PRODUCED NUMEROUS TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.  
IN 2011...STRONG BORA WINDS DEVELOPED ALONG THE FRONT RANGE  
FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF A STORM SYSTEM. PEAK WIND GUSTS  
INCLUDED: 87 MPH AT THE NATIONAL WIND TECHNOLOGY CENTER;  
82 MPH...6 MILES NORTHWEST OF BOULDER; 72 MPH AT FRONT  
RANGE AIRPORT IN BROOMFIELD; 71 MPH AT LONGMONT; AND 64  
MPH...4 MILES WEST OF LAKEWOOD. AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL  
AIRPORT...A PEAK WIND GUST OF 48 MPH FROM THE WEST WAS  
OBSERVED ON THE 22ND.  
IN 2013...A WET EARLY SPRING SNOWSTORM BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW TO  
PARTS OF THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS AND URBAN CORRIDOR. THE  
HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OCCURRED NEAR THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS  
AND PALMER DIVIDE. NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FORCED THE  
CLOSURE OF INTERSTATE 70 EAST OF DENVER. IN THE FOOTHILLS...  
STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 14.5 INCHES NEAR CONIFER; 14 INCHES  
JUST SOUTHWEST OF ELDORADO SPRINGS AND INTERCANYON; 13  
INCHES NEAR INDIAN HILLS; 12.5 INCHES NEAR PINECLIFFE;  
11.5 INCHES NEAR GOLDEN; 11 INCHES NEAR JAMESTOWN AND  
ROXBOROUGH; 10.5 INCHES NEAR BROOKVALE AND 10 INCHES AT  
GENESEE. ACROSS THE URBAN CORRIDOR AND PALMER DIVIDE...  
STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 12.5 INCHES...8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF  
WATKINS; 10.5 INCHES IN BOULDER...CENTENNIAL AND NORTHGLENN;  
9.5 INCHES...JUST SOUTH OF AURORA; 9 INCHES IN WESTMINSTER;  
8 INCHES AT LAFAYETTE; 7.5 INCHES NEAR MORRISON; 7 INCHES  
IN ARVADA...BENNETT...BRIGHTON; 6 INCHES IN HIGHLANDS RANCH...  
LONGMONT...LOUISVILLE AND THORNTON. OFFICIALLY...11.6 INCHES  
OF SNOW FELL AT DIA FROM THE EVENING OF THE 22ND TO THE  
AFTERNOON OF THE 23RD...WHICH SET A NEW TWO-DAY SNOWFALL  
RECORD IN DENVER FOR THE DATE. IN ADDITION...A PEAK WIND  
GUST TO 33 MPH WAS OBSERVED FROM THE EAST ON THE 22ND WITH  
A GUST TO 30 MPH FROM THE NORTH ON THE 23RD.  
22-24 IN 1965...A VIGOROUS COLD FRONT SWEPT ACROSS METRO DENVER  
LATE ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 22ND WITH EAST-NORTHEAST  
WINDS GUSTING TO 38 MPH CAUSING SOME BLOWING DUST.  
SNOWFALL FROM THE STORM TOTALED 4.4 INCHES AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. TEMPERATURES ON THE 22ND DROPPED  
FROM A MAXIMUM OF 63 DEGREES TO 18 DEGREES IN JUST 10 HOURS  
AND DIPPED TO 3 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE MORNING OF THE  
24TH. MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES WARMED TO ONLY 19 DEGREES ON  
THE 23RD AND 18 DEGREES ON THE 24TH.  
 

 
 
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