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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO  
259 AM MST WED FEB 20 2019  
   
..TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
18-20 IN 1913...POST-FRONTAL SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.9 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN  
DENVER OVER THE 3 DAYS. MOST OF THE SNOW FELL ON THE 19TH.  
NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 21 MPH WITH A MEASURED  
EXTREME VELOCITY TO 24 MPH ON THE 18TH.  
IN 1924...LIGHT SNOWFALL TOTALED 4.6 INCHES OVER THE 3 DAYS.  
THIS WAS THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OF THE MONTH. HIGH  
TEMPERATURES PLUNGED FROM 45 DEGREES ON THE 18TH TO 17  
DEGREES ON THE 20TH. LOW TEMPERATURES DIPPED FROM 31  
DEGREES ON THE 18TH TO ONLY 8 DEGREES ON THE 20TH.  
NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 24 MPH ON THE 19TH.  
IN 1953...A MAJOR BLIZZARD DUMPED 10.6 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT  
STAPLETON AIRPORT. STRONG NORTH WINDS AT SUSTAINED SPEEDS  
OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 44 MPH FREQUENTLY  
REDUCED VISIBILITIES TO 1/4 MILE IN BLOWING SNOW DURING THE  
DAY OF THE 19TH. THE STRONG WINDS CAUSED MUCH DRIFTING  
SNOW...MAKING ACCURATE SNOWFALL MEASUREMENTS ALMOST  
IMPOSSIBLE. PRECIPITATION FROM THE STORM TOTALED 1.13  
INCHES. THE 1.01 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION ON THE 19TH  
WAS THE GREATEST CALENDAR DAY AND 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION  
EVER RECORDED IN THE CITY DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.  
IN 1987...LARGE AMOUNTS OF NEW SNOW FELL IN THE FRONT RANGE  
FOOTHILLS. THE FOOTHILLS RECEIVED 10 TO 20 INCHES OF NEW  
SNOW WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES ON THE ADJACENT PLAINS. ON THE  
19TH...FLIGHT DELAYS OCCURRED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL  
AIRPORT WHERE SNOWFALL TOTALED 4.2 INCHES AND EAST WINDS  
GUSTED TO ONLY 18 MPH ON THE 19TH. SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED  
IN THE FOOTHILLS ABOVE BOULDER.  
19-20 IN 1937...POST-FRONTAL HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 8.4 INCHES OVER  
DOWNTOWN DENVER. MOST OF THE SNOW...6.6 INCHES...FELL ON THE  
20TH WHEN NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 16 MPH WITH GUSTS  
TO 18 MPH. THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO A LOW OF 9 DEGREES  
ON THE 20TH.  
IN 1939...POST-FRONTAL SNOWFALL TOTALED 5.4 INCHES IN THE  
CITY. THE SNOW COVERED STREETS AND HIGHWAYS WITH A COATING  
OF ICE AS THE TEMPERATURE FELL FROM 36 DEGREES AT 2:00 PM ON  
THE 19TH TO A LOW OF 4 DEGREES AT 3:00 AM ON THE 20TH. MANY  
MOTORISTS WERE MAROONED FOR SEVERAL HOURS. NORTHEAST WINDS  
WERE SUSTAINED TO 24 MPH ON THE 19TH.  
19-21 IN 1971...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 9.0 INCHES AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY  
16 MPH. MOST OF THE SNOW OCCURRED ON THE 19TH AND 20TH.  
THE 24 HOUR SNOWFALL OF 8.2 INCHES WAS THE GREATEST IN  
FEBRUARY SINCE 1953.  
20 IN 1937...6.6 INCHES OF HEAVY SNOW FELL IN DOWNTOWN DENVER.  
IN 1976...A COLD FRONT PRODUCED NORTH WIND GUSTS TO 49 MPH AT  
STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE SNOWFALL TOTALED 4.7  
INCHES. NORTH WINDS AT SUSTAINED SPEEDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH  
WITH HIGHER GUSTS PERSISTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY...PRODUCING  
MUCH BLOWING SNOW. EAST OF THE CITY...WINDS GUSTING 40 TO  
80 MPH CAUSED BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND PRODUCED DRIFTS 2 TO  
4 FEET HIGH.  
IN 1981...A VIGOROUS COLD FRONT AT MIDDAY PRODUCED STRONG  
NORTHEAST WINDS AT 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH AND BILLOWS  
OF BLOWING DUST REDUCING THE VISIBILITY TO 3 MILES DURING  
THE AFTERNOON. EVEN STRONGER WINDS FROM THE NORTH AT  
25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW  
REDUCED THE VISIBILITY TO 1/4 MILE DURING THE EVENING.  
SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 2.6 INCHES AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
20-21 IN 1997...HEAVY SNOW FELL IN THE FOOTHILLS. SNOWFALL TOTALS  
INCLUDED: 16 INCHES AT ELDORA SKI AREA; 15 INCHES AT SOUTH  
TURKEY CREEK; 14 INCHES AT CONIFER AND MORRISON; AND 11  
INCHES AT BLACKHAWK...EVERGREEN...AND INTERCANYON. ONLY  
1.0 INCH OF SNOW FELL AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 32 MPH  
AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 20TH.  
IN 2014...HIGH WINDS OCCURRED IN AND NEAR THE FOOTHILLS OF  
BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES. PEAK WIND REPORTS INCLUDED:  
93 MPH NEAR GOLD HILL; 89 MPH AT NCAR MESA LAB; 83 MPH AT  
THE NATIONAL WIND TECHNOLOGY CENTER; 76 MPH...IN BOULDER...4  
MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF NEDERLAND AND THE JUNCTION OF  
COLORADO HIGHWAYS 72 AND 93; AND 75 MPH AT LYONS. SCATTERED  
ELECTRICAL OUTAGES WERE REPORTED IN BOULDER...DENVER AND  
LITTLETON...WHICH AFFECTED 3400 XCEL ENERGY CUSTOMERS. AT  
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...A PEAK WIND OF 50 MPH WAS  
OBSERVED FROM THE WEST ON THE 21ST.  
 

 
 
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