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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO  
259 AM MDT FRI MAY 25 2018  
   
..TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
20-27 IN 2002...LIGHTNING SPARKED A WILDFIRE NEAR DECKERS THE  
CONTINUED FROM THE 20TH TO THE 27TH. EXTREMELY DRY  
CONDITIONS AND VERY STRONG WINDS THE FOLLOWING DAY ALLOWED  
THE FIRE...KNOWN AS THE SCHOONOVER...TO CONSUME 3850 ACRES  
BEFORE IT COULD BE CONTAINED. THIRTEEN STRUCTURES WERE  
DESTROYED...INCLUDING 4 HOMES...RESULTING IN 2.2 MILLION  
DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.  
24-26 IN 1996...FROM THE 24TH TO THE 26TH...A LATE SPRING STORM  
DUMPED 4 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW OVER THE FRONT RANGE  
FOOTHILLS. CONIFER PICKED UP 10 INCHES OF NEW SNOW;  
ASPEN SPRINGS...9 INCHES; AND CENTRAL CITY...8 INCHES.  
THE STICKY...HEAVY SNOW CLUNG TO POWER LINES AND PULLED  
TREE BRANCHES DOWN...CAUSING POWER OUTAGES TO ABOUT  
1200 HOMES IN THE CONIFER AREA. IT TOOK  
UP TO 6 HOURS TO RESTORE POWER TO SOME RESIDENCES.  
LIGHTNING STRUCK A TELEPHONE DATA CABINET IN CONIFER ON  
THE 25TH...WHICH KNOCKED OUT PHONE SERVICE TO ABOUT 1500  
CUSTOMERS. WIDESPREAD RAIN FELL ACROSS METRO DENVER...  
WHERE RAINFALL TOTALED 2.07 INCHES AT THE SITE OF THE  
FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND 1.66 INCHES AT  
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO  
24 MPH ON THE 26TH.  
IN 2010...FROM THE 24TH TO THE 26TH...HIGH WINDS PRECEDING A  
COLD FRONT...SWEPT ACROSS THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS AND  
URBAN CORRIDOR. IN AURORA...THE WIND DAMAGED THE ROOF OF  
RANGEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. IN CONIFER AND DENVER...THE WIND  
DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES AND CAUSED SEVERAL BRIEF  
OUTAGES. THE DOWNED POWER LINES ALSO CAUSED SEVERAL CARS  
TO CATCH FIRE IN THE VICINITY OF 1590 COOK ST. IN DENVER.  
PEAK WIND GUSTS INCLUDED: 82 MPH AT HIGHLANDS RANCH...67  
MPH...4 MILES EAST OF FRANKTOWN AND LONGMONT; 65 MPH IN  
BOULDER...64 MPH IN CENTENNIAL AND DENVER INTERNATIONAL  
AIRPORT...62 MPH NEAR PARKER AND 60 MPH IN ARVADA.  
25 IN 1877...LIGHTNING KILLED ONE PERSON IN WEST DENVER AND  
STRUCK SEVERAL HOUSES. THE BOLT STRUCK THE HOUSE OF THE  
"HOME LAUNDRY" STUNNING THE OCCUPANTS AND KILLING A LADY  
WHO WAS HOLDING ONE OF HER GRAND CHILDREN IN HER ARMS.  
THE CHILD ESCAPED UNHURT. THE LIGHTNING ALSO STRUCK THE  
TOP OF A TREE IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE AND PARTIALLY PEELED  
THE BARK OFF THE TREE. LIGHTNING STRUCK A CHURCH IN THE  
EVANS ADDITION AND ANOTHER TREE IN EAST DENVER. LIGHTNING  
STRUCK THE SWITCH ROOM AT THE TELEGRAPH OFFICE WHERE THE  
OPERATOR SAW SMALL BALLS OF LIGHTNING PASS ACROSS THE ROOM  
TO THE STOVE. THE THUNDERSTORM PELTED THE CITY WITH ONLY  
PEA SIZE HAIL. PRECIPITATION FROM THE STORM TOTALED 0.40  
INCH IN DOWNTOWN DENVER.  
IN 1880...LIGHT RAIN ALL AFTERNOON TOTALED ONLY 0.24 INCH  
IN THE CITY...BUT WAS VALUABLE TO STOCKMEN AND FARMERS  
DUE TO THE VERY DRY...PARCHED WEATHER CONDITIONS ON THE  
PLAINS.  
IN 1965...A TORNADO WAS SIGHTED BY A PILOT 30 MILES SOUTH  
SOUTHEAST OF DENVER. NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED. ANOTHER  
PILOT REPORTED 3/4 INCH HAIL 30 MILES EAST OF DENVER. THE  
STATE PATROL REPORTED THAT A MAN WAS KILLED WHEN A FIERCE  
GUST OF WIND SWEPT HIM FROM THE BACK OF A PICK-UP TRUCK IN  
NORTHWEST DOUGLAS COUNTY. THE MAN WAS HOLDING A MATTRESS  
IN THE BED OF THE TRUCK.  
IN 1974...A MICROBURST WIND GUST TO 53 MPH WAS RECORDED AT  
STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. A PILOT REPORTED A TORNADO  
20 MILES EAST OF DENVER.  
IN 1976...LIGHTNING STRUCK A HOME IN BOULDER...SHATTERING 2  
LARGE TREES AND DAMAGING A TELEVISION SET.  
IN 1997...HAIL AS LARGE AS 1 3/4 INCHES IN DIAMETER FELL NEAR  
WATKINS. HAIL TO 3/4 INCH IN DIAMETER FELL IN BROOMFIELD  
AND NEAR LOCHBUIE.  
IN 2000...3/4 INCH DIAMETER HAIL FELL AT CHERRY CREEK RESERVOIR  
IN AURORA. THUNDERSTORM WINDS GUSTED TO 51 MPH AT DENVER  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE SMALL HAIL FELL.  
IN 2006...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED AN ESTIMATED WIND GUST  
TO 70 MPH IN HUDSON. THE STRONG WINDS DAMAGED THE ROOF OF A  
HOME. A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED SOUTHWEST WIND GUSTS TO 54  
MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
25-26 IN 1950...FROM THE 25TH TO THE 26TH...A MAJOR STORM DUMPED 10.0  
INCHES OF SNOWFALL DOWNTOWN AND 10.7 INCHES AT STAPLETON  
AIRPORT WHERE NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 30 MPH ON THE 25TH.  
THE STORM CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO UTILITY WIRES AND  
TREES WHICH WERE IN FULL LEAF. A DAILY RECORD MINIMUM  
TEMPERATURE OF 31 DEGREES OCCURRED ON THE 25TH. THIS WAS  
THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE ON THIS DATE IN 79 YEARS AND FOR SO  
LATE IN THE SEASON.  
IN 1989...FROM THE 25TH TO THE 26TH...A LATE SEASON STORM  
DROPPED SNOW AS LOW AS 6 THOUSAND FEET ALONG THE FRONT RANGE.  
MOST PLACES IN THE FOOTHILLS HAD 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW.  
OVERNIGHT RAINFALL TOTALED 0.33 INCH AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 37 MPH ON  
THE 25TH.  
IN 1994...OVERNIGHT FROM THE 25TH TO THE 26TH...LIGHTNING  
STRUCK A TELEVISION TRANSMITTER ON LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN NEAR  
GOLDEN AND BURNED OUT A SWITCHER...WHICH DISRUPTED CABLE  
SERVICE FOR 2 HOURS.  
 

 
 
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