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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
645 PM MST SAT FEB 13 2016

...THIS WEEK IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

13-14 IN 1895...A COLD AIR MASS SETTLED OVER THE CITY.  HIGH
        TEMPERATURES OF ONLY 4 DEGREES ON THE 13TH AND 8 DEGREES
        ON THE 14TH WERE RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR EACH
        DAY.  LOW TEMPERATURES WERE 6 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE
        13TH AND 5 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 14TH...BUT WERE NOT
        RECORDS.  LIGHT SNOW TOTALED ONLY 0.4 INCH.  WINDS WERE
        LIGHT.
      IN 1960...SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.1 INCHES AND NORTH-NORTHWEST
        WINDS GUSTED TO 39 MPH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.
      IN 1967...HIGH WINDS WERE WIDESPREAD ALONG THE FOOTHILLS WHERE
        WIND GUSTS OF 60 TO 90 MPH WERE COMMON.  A WIND GUST TO 108
        MPH WAS MEASURED AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC
        RESEARCH IN BOULDER.  SUSTAINED WINDS OF 50 TO 55 MPH WITH
        GUSTS AS HIGH AS 70 MPH WERE RECORDED IN DOWNTOWN BOULDER.
        AN ESTIMATED 3 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE OCCURRED TO
        MOBILE HOMES IN BOULDER.  POWER LINES WERE DOWNED OVER A
        WIDE AREA.  AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...WEST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 32 MPH ON THE 13TH AND SOUTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO
        48 MPH ON THE 14TH.
      IN 1972...WINDS GUSTED TO 67 MPH AT THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF
        STANDARDS IN BOULDER.  WIND GUSTS TO 49 MPH WERE MEASURED
        IN DOWNTOWN BOULDER.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 26 MPH AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2001...HEAVY SNOW FELL ACROSS METRO DENVER AND IN THE
        FOOTHILLS.  SNOWFALL TOTALS INCLUDED:  8 INCHES AT
        EVERGREEN; 7 INCHES ATOP CROW HILL AND IN LAKEWOOD;
        6 INCHES IN DENVER...DOUBLEHEADER...ELDORADO SPRINGS...
        MORRISON...AND PINE JUNCTION.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 4.8 INCHES
        AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
        NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 33 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT ON THE 13TH.
14    IN 1918...SOUTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 41 MPH WITH A
        MEASURED EXTREME VELOCITY TO 46 MPH.
      IN 1987...METRO DENVER RECEIVED ONLY 3 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW...
        BUT THE FOOTHILLS WEST OF BOULDER RECEIVED UP TO 11 INCHES
        OF SNOW.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 4.2 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 31 MPH.
      IN 1988...WINDS GUSTED TO 81 MPH AT ECHO LAKE.
      IN 2002...HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED IN THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS
        DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS.  WINDS GUSTED TO 84 MPH...
        11 MILES NORTH OF CENTRAL CITY.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO
        43 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
14-15 IN 1960...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.1 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        AIRPORT.
      IN 1965...5.4 INCHES OF SNOW FELL AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT BEHIND A COLD FRONT.  NORTH-NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED
        TO 32 MPH.  WINDS WERE STRONG AND GUSTY ALL DAY AND CAUSED
        CONSIDERABLE BLOWING SNOW...CONTRIBUTING TO HAZARDOUS
        DRIVING CONDITIONS MAINLY TO THE EAST OF DENVER.
      IN 1984...A SNOW AND WIND STORM HOWLED ACROSS EASTERN COLORADO
        CLOSING I-70 EAST OF DENVER.  THIS WAS THE SECOND BLIZZARD
        IN LESS THAN 4 DAYS.  ONLY 0.5 INCH OF NEW SNOW FELL AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...BUT NORTH WINDS GUSTED
        TO 51 MPH.
15    IN 1881...THE TEMPERATURE PLUNGED TO A LOW OF 20 DEGREES
        BELOW ZERO IN THE CITY.  IN OUTER AREAS OF THE CITY...THE
        TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO 26.5 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.
      IN 1910...WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH.
      IN 1986...HIGH WINDS BATTERED THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS.
        A WIND GUST TO 95 MPH WAS RECORDED IN BOULDER...BUT WINDS OF
        60 TO 80 MPH WERE COMMON IN AND NEAR THE FOOTHILLS.  IN
        AURORA...AN AUTOMOBILE DEALERSHIP LOST A LARGE PLATE GLASS
        WINDOW.  SOUTHWEST WIND GUSTS TO 44 MPH WERE RECORDED AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE STRONG WINDS WARMED
        TEMPERATURES.  A RECORD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 66 DEGREES
        AND A RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 37 DEGREES WERE
        RECORDED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1988...WINDS TO 75 MPH WERE CLOCKED IN BOULDER...WHILE A
        WEST WIND GUST TO ONLY 41 MPH WAS RECORDED AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1997...WINDS GUSTED TO 75 MPH AT GOLDEN GATE CANYON DURING
        THE EARLY MORNING HOURS.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 31 MPH AT
        DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2000...HIGH WINDS SPREAD FROM THE FOOTHILLS ONTO THE PLAINS.
        WHILE THE STRONGEST WINDS WERE NORTH AND NORTHEAST OF METRO
        DENVER...WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 58 MPH IN THORNTON AND TO
        54 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2005...LIGHT PRECIPITATION OF ONLY 0.02 INCH AT DENVER
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND 0.5 INCH WAS THE ONLY MEASURABLE
        SNOWFALL OF THE MONTH. THIS RANKED THE MONTH AS THE 2ND
        DRIEST FEBRUARY OF RECORD.
15-16 IN 1889...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.7 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN
        DENVER.  MOST OF THE SNOW...5.5 INCHES...FELL ON THE 15TH
        WHEN NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 18 MPH.
      IN 1921...STRONG BORA WINDS COOLED MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES FROM
        THE 60`S ON THE PREVIOUS 3 DAYS TO 54 DEGREES ON THE 15TH
        AND TO 43 DEGREES ON THE 16TH.  WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED
        TO 39 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 54 MPH ON THE 15TH AND TO 46 MPH
        WITH GUSTS TO 56 MPH ON THE 16TH.
      IN 1953...STRONG...COLD NORTHWEST WINDS WERE WIDESPREAD FROM
        THE FOOTHILLS ACROSS THE PLAINS.  NEAR GALE FORCE WINDS
        WERE OBSERVED IN BOULDER.  A WIND GUST TO 54 MPH WAS
        RECORDED AT STAPLETON AIRPORT WHERE BLOWING DUST BRIEFLY
        REDUCED THE VISIBILITY TO 1 1/2 MILES.  DAMAGE WAS MINOR.
      IN 1993...AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT PUSHED SOUTH OVER THE EASTERN
        COLORADO PLAINS WITH UPSLOPE SNOW DEVELOPING BEHIND THE
        FRONT.  SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES WERE COMMON OVER
        METRO DENVER.  AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...SNOWFALL
        TOTALED 4.5 INCHES AND NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 25 MPH.
        TEMPERATURES HOVERED ONLY IN THE SINGLE DIGITS FOR MOST OF
        THE DAY.  THE STORM PRODUCED UP TO A FOOT OF SNOW OVER
        SOUTHEAST COLORADO.
      IN 2006...OVERNIGHT SNOWFALL IN THE MOUNTAINS AND EASTERN
        FOOTHILLS CONTAINED A LOT OF RED DUST AND DIRT APPARENTLY
        FROM ARIZONA.  STRONG SOUTHWEST WINDS WITH GUSTS TO 100 MPH
        IN THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS ON THE 15TH CREATED WIDESPREAD
        BLOWING DUST.  THIS RED DUST BECAME ENTRAINED IN SNOWFALL
        ACROSS THE AREA.  THE REDDISH COLORED SNOW WAS REPORTED
        IN WARD...NEDERLAND...BLACKHAWK...AND BOULDER.  THE STORM
        PRODUCED ONLY 0.9 INCH OF SNOWFALL IN THE STAPLETON AREA
        OF DENVER WITH 4 TO 5 INCHES MEASURED IN THE FOOTHILLS.
15-17 IN 1938...A COLD AIR MASS BROUGHT A LIGHT SNOWFALL OF 6.2
        INCHES OVER 3 DAYS TO DOWNTOWN DENVER WHERE NORTHEAST
        WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 18 MPH ON THE 15TH.
16    IN 1879...A SUDDEN BURST OF 3 INCHES OF SNOW IN LESS THAN
        90 MINUTES STOPPED THE STREET CARS IN DOWNTOWN DENVER
        DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON.  MELTED SNOW RESULTED IN 0.16
        INCH OF PRECIPITATION.  SMALL SOFT HAIL ALSO FELL WHEN
        THE SNOW BEGAN.  A GENTLEMAN CAUGHT ON THE PRAIRIE BETWEEN
        DENVER AND MORRISON DESCRIBED THE EVENT AS THE MOST SEVERE
        STORM OF THE WINTER WHILE IT LASTED.
      IN 1885...A WINDSTORM CAUSED SEVERE DAMAGE IN THE CITY.  THE
        STRONG WINDS BLEW ALL AFTERNOON AND MOST OF THE EVENING.
        WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 62 MPH.  THE STRONG WINDS
        BLEW DOWN SIGNS AND BROKE WINDOWS.  BUGGIES AND VEHICLES
        OF ALL KINDS WERE BLOWN OVER.  SMOKESTACKS AND CHIMNEYS
        WERE TOPPLED.  ROOFS WERE BLOWN OFF.  THE DENVER AND RIO
        GRANDE RAILROAD CAR SHOP WAS PARTIALLY UNROOFED AND HAD
        A WALL BLOWN DOWN.  THREE RAILROAD CARS WERE BLOWN OFF
        THE TRACK.  MANY FENCES WERE DAMAGED.
      IN 1897...WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 46 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
        56 MPH.
      IN 1912...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 44 MPH WITH A
        MEASURED EXTREME VELOCITY TO 45 MPH.
      IN 1921...WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 46 MPH.
      IN 1972...WIND GUSTS TO 58 MPH WERE RECORDED AT THE NATIONAL
        BUREAU OF STANDARDS IN BOULDER.  IN DOWNTOWN BOULDER...A
        WIND GUST TO 51 MPH WAS MEASURED.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED
        TO 41 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1988...SNOWFALL TOTALED 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSS METRO DENVER...
        BUT 9 INCHES WERE MEASURED IN BOTH WHEAT RIDGE AND
        EVERGREEN.  AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...3.4 INCHES
        OF SNOW FELL AND NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 26 MPH.  THE
        STRONG WINDS BLEW A SCAFFOLD AGAINST A HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN
        DENVER...BREAKING THREE WINDOWS.
      IN 1995...HIGH WINDS OCCURRED IN THE FOOTHILLS BEHIND A
        DEPARTING WINTER STORM.  A WIND GUST TO 91 MPH WAS RECORDED
        AT ROLLINSVILLE WITH A GUST TO 82 MPH ATOP SQUAW MOUNTAIN
        WEST OF DENVER.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 20 MPH AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2014...A PEAK WIND GUST TO 59 MPH...FROM THE WEST...WAS
        RECORDED AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
16-17 IN 1929...STRONG WEST WINDS GUSTING TO 84 MPH RAKED BOULDER
        AND LAFAYETTE.  LIMITED MINOR DAMAGE AND A FEW INJURIES
        OCCURRED.
      IN 1986...STRONG CHINOOK WINDS CONTINUED TO HOWL IN THE
        FOOTHILLS.  A WIND GUST TO 89 MPH WAS RECORDED AT TABLE
        MESA IN BOULDER ON THE 16TH.  WINDS OF 60 TO 75 MPH WERE
        CLOCKED AT OTHER LOCATIONS IN BOULDER ON BOTH DAYS.
        A WEST WIND GUST TO 51 MPH WAS RECORDED AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 16TH.
      IN 2014...HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED BRIEFLY OVERNIGHT IN AND NEAR
        THE FOOTHILLS OF BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES. PEAK WIND
        REPORTS INCLUDED:  98 MPH...4 MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST OF WHITE
        RANCH OPEN SPACE; 85 MPH AT THE NCAR MESA LAB; 78 MPH AT
        THE JUNCTION OF COLORADO HIGHWAYS 93 AND 172; AND 75 MPH
        JUST SOUTHEAST OF MORRISON. A SEMI-TRUCK AND AN SUV PULLING
        A TRAILER WERE ROLLED OVER BY THE WIND ON COLORADO 470 NEAR
        MORRISON.  STRONG WINDS DAMAGED A HOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION
        IN LAKEWOOD.
16-18 IN 1970...A WIND GUST TO 90 MPH WAS RECORDED IN BOULDER AT THE
        NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH.  IN DOWNTOWN
        BOULDER...SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 53
        MPH WERE MEASURED.  DAMAGE WAS MINOR.  WEST WINDS GUSTED
        TO 45 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 17TH.
        THE STRONG CHINOOK WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO 70
        DEGREES ON THE 16TH AND TO 72 DEGREES ON THE 17TH...BOTH
        RECORDS FOR THE DATE.  THE LOW TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO
        ONLY 32 DEGREES ON THE 16TH EQUALING THE RECORD HIGH
        MINIMUM FOR THE DATE.
17    IN 1887...WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 64 MPH.  STRONG WINDS
        OCCURRED ALL DAY LONG IN THE CITY.  RAINFALL WAS 0.02 INCH.
      IN 1894...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS
        TO 46 MPH.
      IN 1937...NORTHWEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 36 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
        44 MPH STARTED A FEW MINOR FIRES AND BROKE A NUMBER OF
        PLATE-GLASS WINDOWS IN DOWNTOWN DENVER OFFICE BUILDINGS.
      IN 1962...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 7.5 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        AIRPORT WHERE THE VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED TO AS LOW AS
        1/4 MILE AT TIMES.  WINDS GUSTED FROM THE NORTHEAST AT
        ONLY 15 MPH.
      IN 2009...STRONG PREFRONTAL WIND GUSTS KNOCKED DOWN SOME TREES
        AND POWER LINES IN BOULDER.  MORE THAN 3400 XCEL CUSTOMERS
        IN THE UNIVERITY HILL AREA WERE WITHOUT POWER FOR ABOUT ONE
        HOUR.  PEAK WIND GUSTS INCLUDED 68 MPH AT THE NCAR MESA LAB
        AND 60 MPH IN BOULDER.
17-18 IN 1976...A STRONG COLD FRONT PRODUCED WIND GUSTS 30 TO 60 MPH
        WITH MUCH BLOWING SNOW AND SEVERE DUST STORMS.  IN THE
        BOULDER AREA...HIGH WINDS COLLAPSED A GARAGE AND BROKE SOME
        WINDOWS.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 43 MPH ON THE 17TH AND
        TO 44 MPH ON THE 18TH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1984...THE THIRD BLIZZARD IN A WEEK STRUCK EASTERN
        COLORADO.  HEAVY SNOW HIT SOME PARTS OF METRO DENVER
        WITH 8 TO 10 INCHES MEASURED IN AURORA...BUT ONLY 2.9 INCHES
        OF SNOW FELL AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE
        NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 31 MPH.
      IN 1999...DAMAGING DOWNSLOPE BORA WINDS DEVELOPED IN THE
        FOOTHILLS BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT.  PEAK WIND REPORTS
        INCLUDED:  90 MPH AT THE GAMOW TOWER ON THE UNIVERSITY OF
        COLORADO CAMPUS IN BOULDER; 79 MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER
        FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH MESA LAB NEAR BOULDER AND AT THE
        NATIONAL WIND TECHNOLOGY CENTER SOUTH OF BOULDER; AND 72
        MPH ATOP BLUE MOUNTAIN AND AT JEFFERSON COUNTY AIRPORT.
        DOWNED POWER LINES CAUSED MAJOR OUTAGES FOR AT LEAST 10
        THOUSAND RESIDENTS IN EVERGREEN...IDAHO SPRINGS...GOLDEN...
        AND LAKEWOOD.  IN GOLDEN...THE WIND TOPPLED A LIGHTNING
        STATIC PROTECTION LINE ATOP A 70-FOOT...230 THOUSAND-VOLT
        DISTRIBUTION TOWER.  THE DOWNED LINE...SPARKED A SMALL
        GRASS FIRE JUST EAST OF THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN YOUTH SERVICES
        CENTER.  THE FIRE BURNED A PATH APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS
        WIDE AND 1/3 MILE LONG BEFORE IT WAS CONTAINED.
      IN 2000...SNOW...HEAVY IN THE MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS...SPREAD
        OVER METRO DENVER.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 24 INCHES AT THE ELDORA
        SKI RESORT WITH 8 INCHES MEASURED NEAR BLACKHAWK.  SNOWFALL
        WAS ONLY 1.8 INCHES AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...WHICH WAS THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOW
        OF THE MONTH.
17-19 IN 2006...A COLD SPELL RESULTED IN 4 TEMPERATURE RECORDS.
        LOW TEMPERATURES OF 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 17TH...
        13 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 18TH...AND 4 DEGREES BELOW
        ZERO ON THE 19TH WERE RECORD MINIMUMS FOR THOSE DATES.
        THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 7 DEGREES ON THE 18TH WAS
        A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE.  LIGHT SNOW FELL ON
        THE 17TH...BUT TOTALED LESS THAN HALF AN INCH AT DENVER
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
18    IN 1918...POST-FRONTAL NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 40
        MPH WITH A MEASURED EXTREME VELOCITY TO 44 MPH.
      IN 1937...A MODERATE DUSTSTORM OCCURRED DURING THE LATE
        AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.  NORTHEAST WINDS SUSTAINED
        TO 32 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 41 MPH REDUCED THE VISIBILITY TO
        1/2 MILE WHICH PERSISTED FOR ABOUT 40 MINUTES IN THE CITY.
      IN 1998...RARE THUNDER FROM INSTABILITY RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS
        WAS HEARD IN LITTLETON DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON.  THUNDER
        IN FEBRUARY ONLY OCCURS ABOUT ONCE EVERY 10 YEARS OVER METRO
        DENVER.
18-19 IN 1954...A VIGOROUS COLD FRONT PRODUCED NORTH WINDS GUSTING
        TO 56 MPH AND A TRACE OF SNOWFALL AT STAPLETON AIRPORT ON
        THE 18TH.  STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS TO 55 MPH PERSISTED
        THROUGH THE NEXT DAY AND CAUSED SOME BLOWING DUST.
      IN 1955...A STORM DUMPED HEAVY SNOW ACROSS METRO DENVER.  AT
        STAPLETON AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS SUSTAINED TO 28 MPH
        PRODUCED SOME BLOWING SNOW...SNOWFALL TOTALED 8.8 INCHES.
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    IN 1899...NORTHWEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH WITH GUSTS
        TO 45 MPH WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 56 DEGREES...
        THE HIGHEST READING OF THE MONTH THAT YEAR.
      IN 1980...HIGH WINDS WERE REPORTED IN BOULDER.  SUSTAINED
        SPEEDS OF 50 TO 60 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 85 MPH WERE MEASURED.
        WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 31 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.
      IN 1986...CHINOOK WINDS CONTINUED TO BUFFET THE EASTERN
        FOOTHILLS.  WINDS GUSTING FROM 60 TO 75 MPH WERE COMMON
        IN THE FOOTHILLS.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 41 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1996...HIGH WINDS GUSTING FROM 70 TO 75 MPH WERE REPORTED
        ATOP TABLE MESA NEAR BOULDER.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 44 MPH
        AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2007...THIS WAS THE LAST DAY OF 61 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH
        SNOW COVER OF 1 INCH OR MORE IN DENVER.  THIS SECOND
        LONGEST PERIOD OF SNOW COVER ON RECORD BEGAN WITH THE
        BLIZZARD ON DECEMBER 20-21...2006...WHEN 20.7 INCHES OF SNOW
        FELL AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT WHERE OFFICIAL SNOW MEASUREMENTS WERE TAKEN.
        ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL DURING DECEMBER...JANUARY...AND FEBRUARY
        PROLONGED THE EVENT.  SNOW DEPTH ON THE GROUND WAS MEASURED
        TO THE NEAREST INCH ONCE DAILY AT 6:00 AM MST.
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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