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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
259 AM MST SUN DEC 28 2014

...TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

25-31 IN 1980...TEMPERATURES WERE UNUSUALLY WARM DURING THE WEEK
        BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR`S.  HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR
        THE WEEK RANGED FROM THE MID-50`S TO THE MID-70`S.  FOUR
        TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET.  RECORD HIGHS OCCURRED ON
        THE 26TH WITH 68 DEGREES...THE 27TH WITH 75 DEGREES...AND
        THE 30TH WITH 71 DEGREES.  A RECORD HIGH MINIMUM
        TEMPERATURE OF 41 DEGREES OCCURRED ON THE 27TH.
26-28 IN 1979 A HEAVY SNOW STORM DUMPED 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW OVER
        THE METRO AREA AND 15 TO 20 INCHES AT BOULDER WITH UP TO 2
        FEET IN THE FOOTHILLS WEST OF BOULDER.  HEAVY SNOWFALL
        TOTALED 6.0 INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
        WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 21 MPH.  MOST OF THE SNOW...
        4.8 INCHES...FELL ON THE 27TH.
27-28 IN 1997...HIGH WINDS COMBINED WITH FRESH SNOW FROM A PREVIOUS
        STORM CAUSED HIGHWAYS TO BECOME SLICK FROM DRIFTING SNOW
        AND NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN LOCALIZED GROUND BLIZZARDS.
        STRONG WINDS BLEW SNOW ACROSS THE RUNWAYS AT CENTENNIAL
        AIRPORT...WHICH GLAZED OVER AND FORMED AREAS OF ICE.  TWO
        PLANES WERE DAMAGED WHEN THEY SLID OFF THE RUNWAY WHILE
        LANDING.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS
        ALSO OCCURRED ON I-25 AND I-70 AS ICE FORMED UNDER THE
        SAME CONDITIONS.  A ROLLOVER ACCIDENT WHICH INJURED
        4 PEOPLE ON STATE HIGHWAY 93 NEAR THE ROCKY FLATS
        ENVIRONMENTAL TEST FACILITY WAS ALSO ATTRIBUTED TO THE
        HIGH WINDS.  THE HIGH WINDS CAUSED AN OFFICE BUILDING
        AND SHOWROOM UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN GOLDEN TO COLLAPSE.
        THE LARGEST WALL WAS 180 FEET LONG AND 28 FEET HIGH.
        SOME HIGH WIND REPORTS INCLUDED:  86 MPH AT GOLDEN GATE
        CANYON...72 MPH NEAR CONIFER...AND 70 MPH AT JEFFERSON
        COUNTY AIRPORT AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC
        RESEARCH ON THE MESA NEAR BOULDER.  WEST-NORTHWEST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 53 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE
        27TH.
      IN 1998...DAMAGING DOWNSLOPE WINDS FORMED IN AND NEAR THE
        FOOTHILLS.  PEAK WIND GUSTS RANGED FROM 71 TO 114 MPH.
        NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN IN COAL CREEK CANYON AND
        NEAR GROSS RESERVOIR.  POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN...
        RESULTING IN SCATTERED OUTAGES.  PEAK WIND REPORTS
        INCLUDED:  114 MPH AT WONDERVU...92 MPH IN GOLDEN GATE
        CANYON...88 MPH IN COAL CREEK CANYON...AND 79 MPH 8 MILES
        WEST OF CONIFER.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 46 MPH AT DENVER
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 28TH.
27-29 IN 1983...A SECOND SURGE OF BITTER COLD AIR IN LESS THAN A
        WEEK WAS LESS INTENSE.  RECORD BREAKING LOW TEMPERATURES
        OF 12 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 28TH AND 15 DEGREES BELOW
        ZERO ON THE 29TH WERE ACCOMPANIED BY 3.7 INCHES OF SNOWFALL
        AND NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTING TO 23 MPH.
28    IN 2001...BRIEF HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED IN THE FOOTHILLS WEST
        OF DENVER.  WINDS GUSTED TO 86 MPH ON FRITZ PEAK NEAR
        ROLLINSVILLE.  WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 39 MPH
        AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE THE TEMPERATURE
        CLIMBED TO A HIGH OF 51 DEGREES.
28-29 IN 1906...A TRACE OF SNOW FELL ON BOTH DAYS...WHICH ALONG
        WITH A TRACE OF SNOW ON THE 5TH...WAS THE ONLY SNOW OF
        THE MONTH...RANKING THE MONTH THE SECOND LEAST SNOWIEST
        DECEMBER ON RECORD.
      IN 1970...WIND GUSTS TO 87 MPH WERE RECORDED AT THE NATIONAL
        CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH IN BOULDER.  WINDS GUSTED
        TO ONLY 46 MPH IN DOWNTOWN BOULDER.  DAMAGE WAS MINOR.
      IN 2006...WHILE METRO DENVER RESIDENTS WERE STILL DIGGING
        OUT FROM THE HEAVY SNOWFALL AND BLIZZARD THAT OCCURRED
        ON DECEMBER 20-21...THE SECOND MAJOR WINTER STORM IN A
        WEEK BURIED THE CITY AND THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS AGAIN IN
        MORE DEEP SNOW.  HEAVY SNOWFALL RANGED FROM 1 TO 2 1/2
        FEET IN THE FOOTHILLS AND FROM 6 TO 18 INCHES ACROSS THE
        CITY.  ANOTHER SLOW MOVING STORM SYSTEM CENTERED OVER THE
        TEXAS PANHANDLE PRODUCED DEEP UPSLOPE FLOW OVER THE HIGH
        PLAINS AND AGAINST THE FRONT RANGE MOUNTAINS.  THE STORM
        PRODUCED BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OVER THE PLAINS MAINLY SOUTH
        OF INTERSTATE 76.  INTERSTATE 70 AS WELL AS OTHER ROADS
        AND HIGHWAYS WAS CLOSED FROM DENVER TO THE KANSAS LINE DUE
        TO SNOW AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.  GREYHOUND WAS FORCED TO
        CANCEL ALL BUS TRIPS FROM DENVER.  THE HEAVIEST SNOW FELL
        IN AND NEAR THE FOOTHILLS AND SOUTH OF DENVER OVER THE
        PALMER DIVIDE...WHERE NORTH WINDS SUSTAINED AT SPEEDS OF
        20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH PILED THE SNOW INTO
        DRIFTS 4 TO 14 FEET DEEP.  IN THE CITY...THE HEAVY SNOWFALL
        PERSISTED FOR A TOTAL OF 29 HOURS.  SNOWFALL TOTALS ACROSS
        METRO DENVER INCLUDED:  17.5 INCHES AT KEN CARYL; 15 INCHES
        3 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF MORRISON; 14 INCHES IN BOULDER
        AND LONE TREE; 12 INCHES IN CASTLE ROCK AND HIGHLANDS
        RANCH; 11 INCHES IN WHEAT RIDGE; 10.5 INCHES IN LITTLETON;
        10 INCHES IN ARVADA...BROOMFIELD...AND LOUVIERS; AND 8.5
        INCHES IN LAKEWOOD AND THORNTON.  OFFICIALLY...SNOWFALL
        TOTALED 8.0 INCHES AT DENVER STAPLETON.  NORTH WINDS
        SUSTAINED TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 32 MPH PRODUCED SOME
        BLOWING SNOW AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  IN THE
        CITY...THIS SECOND STORM INCREASED THE TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR
        THE MONTH TO 29.4 INCHES...MAKING THE MONTH THE THIRD
        SNOWIEST ON RECORD.  IN THE FOOTHILLS THE SNOW FELL AT A
        RATE OF 3 TO 4 INCHES AN HOUR AT TIMES.  TOTAL SNOWFALL
        IN THE FOOTHILLS INCLUDED:  30 INCHES NEAR GENESEE;
        29.5 INCHES 12 MILES NORTHWEST OF GOLDEN; 25 INCHES IN
        EVERGREEN AND NEAR BERGEN PARK; 24 INCHES NEAR CONIFER;
        23.5 INCHES 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF GOLDEN AND NEAR GOLD
        HILL; 23 INCHES NEAR JAMESTOWN; 22.5 INCHES IN
        ROLLINSVILLE; 19.5 INCHES IN ASPEN SPRINGS; 19 INCHES
        NEAR BLACKHAWK; 18.5 INCHES AT NEDERLAND; 16 INCHES
        IN INDIAN HILLS...AT INTERCANYON...AND IN ELDORA; 15.5
        INCHES AT ECHO LAKE; AND 12 INCHES NEAR RALSTON
        RESERVOIR.  THE TOTAL COST OF SNOW REMOVAL JUST AT
        DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FROM THIS STORM AND THE
        PREVIOUS STORM WAS IN TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.  THE
        AIRPORT ESTIMATED UP TO 6.7 MILLION DOLLARS IN EXTRA
        COSTS FOR CONTRACTORS...OVERTIME...EQUIPMENT...DE-ICING
        CHEMICALS...AND OTHER EXPENSES.  THE TWO STORMS COST THE
        AIRPORT 4.6 MILLION DOLLARS IN LOSS CONCESSION REVENUES.
        UNITED AIRLINES REPORTED LOST REVENUE OF OVER 25 MILLION
        DOLLARS FROM THE TWO STORMS...WHILE FRONTIER AIRLINES
        LOST AN ESTIMATED 12.1 MILLION DOLLARS.

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