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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO  
259 AM MST MON FEB 24 2020  
   
..TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY
 
 
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.  
23-24 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.  
24 IN 1908...A DUSTSTORM OCCURED IN THE CITY FROM MID-MORNING  
THROUGH MID-DAY. NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED FROM 30 TO  
35 MPH.  
IN 1927...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH WITH AN  
EXTREME VELOCITY TO 46 MPH.  
IN 1924...FOG DEPOSITED A LIGHT COATING OF GLAZE...WHICH WAS  
VERY THIN AND ONLY ACCUMULATED ON THE WINDWARD SIDE OF  
COLD OBJECTS. STREETS AND SIDEWALKS BECAME SLIPPERY.  
IN 1956...A STRONG COLD FRONT PRODUCED NORTH WIND GUSTS TO 54  
MPH...BUT LEFT ONLY 2.0 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT STAPLETON  
AIRPORT.  
IN 1959...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 7.5 INCHES AT STAPLETON  
AIRPORT...WHERE NORTH-NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 18 MPH.  
IN 1968...WEST-NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 49 MPH AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE STRONG CHINOOK WINDS WARMED THE  
MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TO 61 DEGREES...THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE  
OF THE MONTH THAT YEAR.  
IN 1986...WIND GUSTS TO 65 MPH WERE REPORTED AT TABLE MESA IN  
BOULDER. WEST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 28 MPH AT STAPLETON  
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 70  
DEGREES EQUALED THE RECORD FOR THE DATE.  
IN 1991...THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH TOTALED  
ONLY 0.8 INCH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE  
NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 28 MPH. THE LIGHT SNOW FELL FOR MOST  
OF THE DAY.  
IN 1994...HIGH WINDS RAKED THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS. WIND SPEEDS  
OF 70 TO 80 MPH WERE COMMON. WIND GUSTS TO 110 MPH WERE  
RECORDED AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH  
IN SOUTH BOULDER...WHILE IN NORTH BOULDER WINDS GUSTED TO  
95 MPH. THE STRONG WINDS BLEW THE ROOF OFF A BUILDING AT  
RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN LAKEWOOD...CAUSING THE  
EVACUATION OF ABOUT 1500 PEOPLE. A SEMI-TRAILER AND A  
DELIVERY TRUCK WERE OVERTURNED. IN LAKEWOOD...A HOME UNDER  
CONSTRUCTION WAS DESTROYED BY THE WINDS. THERE WERE  
NUMEROUS REPORTS OF VEHICLES DAMAGED BY FLYING DEBRIS...AND  
MANY AUTOMOBILE WINDSHIELDS WERE SHATTERED. WEST WIND GUSTS  
TO 47 MPH WERE RECORDED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  
IN 2013...A STORM SYSTEM NEAR THE FOUR CORNERS REGION PRODUCED  
HEAVY UPSLOPE SNOWFALL IN AND NEAR THE FRONT RANGE WITH  
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FURTHER EAST AS IT MADE ITS WAY ACROSS  
SOUTHERN COLORADO. IN THE FRONT RANGE MOUNTAINS AND  
FOOTHILLS STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 27 INCHES NEAR PINECLIFFE;  
24 INCHES...13 MILES NORTHWEST OF GOLDEN; 20 INCHES NEAR  
GENESEE; 17 INCHES NEAR CONIFER; 15 INCHES NEAR JAMESTOWN;  
14 INCHES...JUST SOUTHWEST OF ELDORADO SPRINGS; 12.5 INCHES  
NEAR ASPEN SPRINGS; 12 INCHES NEAR EVERGREEN AND WARD; 10  
INCHES AT ELDORA SKI AREA; WITH 8 INCHES NEAR GROSS  
RESERVOIR...IDAHO SPRINGS AND NEDERLAND. ACROSS THE URBAN  
CORRIDOR STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 12 INCHES IN AURORA; 11.5  
INCHES NEAR HIGHLANDS RANCH; 11 INCHES IN LAKEWOOD; 10.5  
INCHES JUST NORTH OF LONGMONT AND WESTMINSTER; 10 INCHES IN  
LONE TREE AND THORNTON; 8.5 INCHES IN AURORA...6 MILES  
SOUTHWEST OF DENVER AND NEAR LOVELAND; 8 INCHES AT BOULDER...  
BROOMFIELD...AND RALSTON RESERVOIR; 7.5 INCHES NEAR  
FREDERICK...WITH 7 INCHES AT COMMERCE CITY. THE STORM  
PROMPTED THE CANCELLATION OF 200 FLIGHTS IN AND OUT OF  
DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. OFFICIALLY...THE STORM  
SYSTEM PRODUCED 9.1 INCHES OF SNOW AT DIA WHICH ESTABLISHED  
A NEW DAILY SNOWFALL RECORD IN DENVER FOR THE DATE. ALONG  
AND SOUTH OF THE I-70 CORRIDOR AND EAST OF DENVER...THE  
COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WIND PRODUCED BLIZZARD  
CONDITIONS. STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 14 INCHES...10 MILES  
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF BUCKLEY AFB...10.5 INCHES...8 MILES  
SOUTHEAST OF WATKINS; WITH 6 INCHES NEAR BYERS. NORTHERLY  
WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH WERE COMMON WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.  
AT DIA...A PEAK WIND GUST OF 32 MPH WAS OBSERVED.  
 

 
 
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