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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO  
259 AM MST FRI FEB 23 2024  
   
..TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
22-23 IN 1985...A SNOWSTORM STRUCK THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS WITH 8 TO  
15 INCHES OF NEW SNOW. THREE TO 7 INCHES OF NEW SNOW FELL  
ACROSS METRO DENVER AND PARTS OF I-70 WERE CLOSED AT TIMES.  
SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 3.3 INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL  
AIRPORT WHERE NORTHEAST WIND GUSTS TO 29 MPH WERE RECORDED.  
IN 1992...A SNOW STORM DUMPED HEAVY SNOW IN THE FRONT RANGE  
FOOTHILLS. CONIFER RECEIVED 12 INCHES OF NEW SNOW WITH 7.5  
INCHES AT ASPEN SPRINGS. SNOW ONLY DUSTED THE PLAINS AND  
METRO DENVER...BUT WINDS WERE STRONG WITH A GUST TO 43 MPH  
FROM THE NORTH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE  
SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 0.3 INCH. THIS WAS THE ONLY  
MEASURABLE SNOWFALL OF THE MONTH...EQUALING THE RECORD  
FOR THE LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY FIRST SET IN 1970. RARE  
THUNDER FOR FEBRUARY ACCOMPANIED THE SNOW DURING THE EARLY  
MORNING HOURS OF THE 23RD.  
IN 1999...STRONG CHINOOK WINDS DEVELOPED ON A VERY LOCALIZED  
SCALE OVERNIGHT IN AND NEAR THE FOOTHILLS OF NORTHERN  
JEFFERSON AND SOUTHERN BOULDER COUNTIES. PEAK WIND REPORTS  
INCLUDED: 82 MPH AT THE ROCKY FLATS ENVIRONMENTAL TEST  
FACILITY...80 MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC  
RESEARCH MESA LAB IN BOULDER...77 MPH NEAR NEDERLAND...AND  
75 MPH ATOP THE GAMOW TOWER ON THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO  
CAMPUS IN BOULDER.  
IN 2012...A STRONG UPPER LEVEL JET STREAM PRODUCED HIGH WINDS  
ALONG THE FRONT RANGE. IN BOULDER...THE STRONG WINDS SNAPPED  
POWER POLES AND TOPPLED TREES. AS A RESULT...ABOUT 7  
THOUSAND XCEL ENERGY CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT POWER FOR  
SEVERAL HOURS. THE HIGH WINDS OVERTURNED A TRACTOR-TRAILER  
ON FOOTHILLS HIGHWAY OVERPASS...NORTH OF VALMONT ROAD. THE  
DRIVER SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. A PARKED CAR WAS TOTALED  
WHEN IT WAS CRUSHED BY A FALLEN TREE NEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF  
BOULDER. THE STRONG WINDS WERE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR TWO  
BOULDER COUNTY WILDFIRES WHICH CONSUMED A TOTAL OF 65 ACRES.  
COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS CLOSED U.S.  
36 AT MCCASLIN BOULEVARD IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AFTER THE WIND  
CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE PEDESTRIAN OVERPASS. METAL SIDING FROM  
THE OVERPASS FELL INTO HIGHWAY; FORTUNATELY THERE WERE NO  
INJURIES. IN TOTAL...ELECTRICAL OUTAGES AFFECTED 46 THOUSAND  
CUSTOMERS ALONG THE FRONT RANGE. DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...  
GARAGE DOORS AND FENCES WAS ALSO REPORTED. PEAK WIND GUSTS  
INCLUDED: 93 MPH NEAR LYONS; 88 MPH AT NCAR MESA LAB; 85  
MPH...2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ROCKY FLATS; 82 MPH...5 MILES  
NORTHWEST OF BOULDER; 81 MPH...2 MILES NORTH OF LONGMONT...4  
MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF NEDERLAND...THE NATIONAL WIND  
TECHNOLOGY CENTER AND NEAR WONDERVU; 80 MPH AT THE JUNCTION  
OF HIGHWAYS 72 AND 93; 79 MPH AT THE BOULDER MUNICIPAL  
AIRPORT; 78 MPH...6 MILES NORTHWEST OF BOULDER; 77 MPH AT  
ROCKY MOUNTAIN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; 76 MPH ATOP BERTHOUD PASS;  
75 MPH NEAR ASPEN SPRINGS; 70 MPH AT LONGMONT MUNICIPAL  
AIRPORT; 64 MPH AT ERIE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. AT DENVER  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...PEAK WIND GUSTS OF 53 MPH ON THE  
22ND AND 55 MPH ON THE 23RD WERE OBSERVED.  
IN 2019...BANDS OF INTENSE SNOWFALL WITH RATES UP TO 3 INCHES  
PER HOUR...STRUCK DENVER DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE. THE  
HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OCCURRED SOUTH OF A LINE EXTENDING FROM  
ARVADA TO DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE HEAVY SNOW  
SNARLED TRAFFIC AND LEFT MANY STRANDED AT THE AIRPORT. AT  
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...8.3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WAS  
OBSERVED. STORM TOTALS ELSEWHERE INCLUDED: 9 INCHES IN  
AURORA...8.5 INCHES NEAR CENTENNIAL; 8 INCHES NEAR CHERRY  
CREEK RESERVOIR AND LITTLETON...7.5 INCHES AT CENTENNIAL  
AIRPORT...COMMERCE CITY...HIGHLANDS RANCH AND LONE TREE; 7  
INCHES NEAR ARAPAHOE PARK; 6.5 INCHES NEAR BUCKLEY AFB...  
ENGLEWOOD AND STRASBURG; 6 INCHES NEAR DEER TRAIL...KIOWA  
AND PARKER; WITH 3 TO 5 INCHES IN ARVADA AND WHEAT RIDGE.  
22-29 IN 1960...HEAVY SNOWFALL OF 6.1 INCHES AT STAPLETON AIRPORT ON  
THE 22ND AND 23RD MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A PROTRACTED COLD  
SPELL WHICH LASTED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH. THE CLOUDY...  
COLD WEATHER WAS ACCOMPANIED BY OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW OR  
FLURRIES AND FOG. NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES FOR THE DATES  
WERE SET ON THE 24TH THRU THE 29TH WITH THE LOWEST  
TEMPERATURE OF 11 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 28TH. THE  
SEVEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF LOW TEMPERATURES OF ZERO OR BELOW  
HAD BEEN EXCEEDED IN DURATION ONLY 4 TIMES PREVIOUSLY. NEW  
LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR THE DATES WERE SET ON THE 23RD...  
24TH...AND THE 26TH THRU THE 29TH WITH THE LOWEST MAXIMUM  
TEMPERATURE OF 8 DEGREES RECORDED ON THE 26TH.  
23 IN 1904...WEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS  
60 MPH WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 63 DEGREES.  
IN 1907...A THUNDERSTORM...RELATIVELY RARE IN FEBRUARY...WAS  
OBSERVED OVER THE CITY. THE CHANCE OF OCCURRENCE IS  
AROUND ONCE EVERY TEN YEARS.  
IN 1977...WHILE 60 TO 100 MPH WINDS PRODUCED A HUGE DUST  
STORM OVER MUCH OF EASTERN COLORADO...ONLY AN EXPERIMENTAL  
WINDMILL AT THE ROCKY FLATS NUCLEAR PLANT WAS DESTROYED IN  
THE DENVER AREA. WINDS AT ROCKY FLATS WERE CLOCKED TO 90  
MPH. NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 46 MPH AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
IN 1986...WIND GUSTS TO 79 MPH WERE CLOCKED AT ECHO LAKE IN  
THE FOOTHILLS WEST OF DENVER.  
IN 1992...A RARE FEBRUARY THUNDERSTORM OCCURRED. THIS WAS  
ONLY THE 5TH TIME SINCE 1891 THAT THUNDER HAS BEEN HEARD  
IN FEBRUARY.  
IN 1994...PERIODIC HIGH WINDS OCCURRED OVER THE HIGHER  
ELEVATIONS OF THE FRONT RANGE EASTERN FOOTHILLS. THE  
STRONGEST WIND GUSTS REACHED 87 MPH ATOP SQUAW MOUNTAIN  
NEAR IDAHO SPRINGS. SOUTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 25  
MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
IN 1996...HIGH WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 76 MPH WERE REPORTED  
ALONG THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS AND ADJACENT URBAN CORRIDOR.  
WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH WERE REPORTED ATOP TABLE MESA NEAR  
BOULDER AND TO 63 MPH IN BROOMFIELD. WEST WINDS GUSTED TO  
38 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
IN 2012...BANDS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW...ASSOCIATED WITH A  
STRONG UPPER LEVEL JET...FORMED OVER THE SOUTHERN FRONT  
RANGE FOOTHILLS...PALMER DIVIDE AND SOUTHERN DENVER SUBURBS.  
STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 10 INCHES...2 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF  
HIGHLANDS RANCH AND KIOWA; 9.5 INCHES NEAR CASTLE ROCK AND  
LITTLETON; 8 INCHES AT ASPEN SPRINGS AND MARSTON RESERVOIR;  
7.5 INCHES AT EVERGREEN AND LOUVIERS; 7 INCHES...5 MILES  
SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF ARAPAHOE PARK; WITH 4 TO 6 INCHES  
ELSEWHERE. OFFICIALLY...DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT  
OBSERVED 1.9 INCHES OF SNOWFALL.  
23-24 IN 1935...NORTHWEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 37 MPH WITH GUSTS AS  
HIGH AS 47 MPH PRODUCED CONSIDERABLE BLOWING DUST BEHIND  
A COLD FRONT ON THE 23RD. THE DUST WAS DAMPENED BY 7.0  
INCHES OF SNOWFALL OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER FROM THE LATE  
EVENING OF THE 23RD THROUGH THE EVENING OF THE 24TH.  
IN 1997...HEAVY SNOW FELL IN THE FOOTHILLS. SNOWFALL TOTALS  
INCLUDED 8 INCHES AT SUNSHINE CANYON NORTHWEST OF BOULDER...  
AND 6 INCHES AT MORRISON. SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 2.4 INCHES  
AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
EAST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 22 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL  
AIRPORT ON THE 23RD.  
23-25 IN 1912...A SEVERE WINTER STORM DUMPED 14.2 INCHES OF SNOWFALL  
OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER. SNOW FELL CONTINUOUSLY FROM 9:40 AM  
ON THE 23RD UNTIL 9:15 PM ON THE 25TH WITH MOST OF THE SNOW...  
9.2 INCHES...ON THE 24TH. TEMPERATURES WERE MOSTLY IN THE  
20'S. NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 20 MPH ON THE 24TH.  
 

 
 
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