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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SAT DEC 16 2017

...Today in metro Denver weather history...

15-16 In 1964...high winds raked metro Denver...causing considerable
        damage.  Wind gusts to 81 mph were recorded at Rocky Flats
        northwest of Denver...94 mph at Jefferson County Airport
        near Broomfield...48 mph in downtown Boulder...and 70 mph
        in Littleton.  West wind gusts to 67 mph were recorded
        at Stapleton International Airport.  A man working on
        construction in downtown Denver died from injuries after
        being struck by a 5-foot by 8-foot section of plank runway
        blown by the strong winds.  Several people were blown down
        by the strong winds or hit by flying objects.  Buildings...
        roads...trees...and power equipment were damaged.  Roads were
        closed east of Denver due to blowing dust.
      In 1981...wind gusts to 60 mph were common in the foothills
        northwest of Denver.  West wind gusts to 47 mph were
        recorded at Stapleton International Airport where the
        visibility was briefly reduced to 3 miles in blowing dust.
      In 1996...strong pre-frontal winds developed in the foothills
        of Boulder County ahead of an Arctic cold front that moved
        into northeastern Colorado late on the morning of the 16th.
        Wind gusts of 70 to 75 mph were clocked at Table Mesa in
        southwest Boulder.
16    In 1912...northwest winds were sustained to 44 mph with an
        extreme velocity of 45 mph.
      In 1921...north winds were sustained to 46 mph with gusts to
        50 mph behind a vigorous cold front.  Only a trace of snow
      In 1954...a vigorous cold front produced sustained north winds
        to 45 mph with gusts as high 54 mph.  Visibility was
        reduced to 1 mile in blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.
      In 1955...sustained west winds to 44 mph with gusts as high as
        58 mph were recorded at Stapleton Airport.
      In 1994...a wind gust to 108 mph was recorded atop Squaw
        Mountain west of Denver with a gust to 92 mph in
        Rollinsville southwest of Boulder.  West winds gusted
        to 48 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1996...a vigorous Arctic cold front moved across metro
        Denver.  Heavy snow and strong winds accompanied the
        front as near whiteout conditions in snow and blowing
        snow developed suddenly.  Northerly winds gusted from
        40 to 60 mph behind the front.  Dozens of accidents
        occurred as roads and highways quickly turned to a glaze
        of ice.  Snowfall amounts ranged from 4 to 6 inches across
        metro Denver and in the foothills.  The exception was at
        Eldorado Springs south of Boulder where 8 inches of new
        snow were measured.  Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at
        the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
        Officially...this was the only measurable snow of the month
        in Denver.  At Denver International Airport...north winds
        gusted to 34 mph.
      In 1999...another brief round of high winds developed in and
        near the foothills of Boulder County.  Peak wind gusts
        included 83 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric
        Research near Boulder and 74 mph atop Niwot Ridge and
        at the National Wind Technology Center on Rocky Flats
        south of Boulder.  West winds gusted to only 33 mph at
        Denver International Airport where the temperature warmed
        to a high of 54 degrees.
      In 2000...high winds in the mountains spread into the
        foothills west of Denver.  Winds gusted to 87 mph at
        Georgetown Lake and at the National Center for
        Atmospheric Research in Boulder.  Winds gusted to
        72 mph at the National Wind Technology Center south
        of Boulder.
16-17 In 1908...heavy snowfall totaled 7.9 inches in downtown
        Denver where north winds were sustained to 20 mph on
        the 17th.  Temperatures were in the teens and 20`s.
      In 1939...low temperatures of 49 degrees on the 16th and
        43 degrees on the 17th were record high minimums for
        the dates.  High temperatures of 65 on the 16th and 72
        on the 17th were not records.
      In 1980...chinook winds blew through the night in Boulder with
        a peak reported gust to 75 mph.  Northwest winds gusted to
        30 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 17th.
        The strong chinook winds warmed temperatures to record
        daily highs of 70 degrees on the 16th and 73 degrees on
        the 17th.

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