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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST THU JAN 12 2017

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

10-12 In 1997...heavy snow fell over the Front Range foothills.
        A foot of new snow was measured at Blackhawk with 7 inches
        recorded in Coal Creek Canyon.  Only 3.3 inches of snow
        fell at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport.  East-northeast winds gusted to 18 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 11th.
10-13 In 1963...a Arctic cold wave plunged temperatures well below
        zero across metro Denver.  Temperatures were below zero for
        a total of 64 consecutive hours.  Low temperatures reached
        25 degrees below zero on both the 11th and 12th.  The high
        temperature of 9 degrees below zero on the 11th was the
        coldest ever recorded at Stapleton Airport and equaled
        the record low maximum for the month first set on January downtown Denver.  The high temperature on the
        12th reached only 1 degree below zero.  On the
        18-year-old youth died of exposure from the extreme cold
        in Denver.  There were many losses and damage to property
        from frozen water systems...stalled cars...and over-burdened
        heating systems.  Light snow accompanied the Arctic blast.
        At Stapleton Airport...2.3 inches of snow fell on the 10th
        and 11th.
11-12 In 1972...high winds howled along the Front Range foothills.
        A wind gust to 144 mph was recorded at the National Center
        for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.  A wind gust to 105
        mph was recorded at the Rocky Flats plant south of Boulder.
        Wind gusts to 90 mph were recorded in downtown Boulder.
        The greatest damage from the windstorm occurred in Boulder
        where 25 or more mobile homes were destroyed either by wind
        or the fires which resulted when they were overturned.
        Car windows were blown out; many buildings damaged; utility
        poles...power lines...trees...and traffic lights blown down.
        As many as 75 families were evacuated from a recently
        completed apartment building because of severe structural
        damage.  Government and private office buildings and
        industrial plants were evacuated because of danger from
        flying glass and debris.  Twelve people were treated at
        the hospital...mostly for cuts from flying glass.  At
        least 15 small planes were seriously damaged and hangar
        doors were blown off at the Jefferson County airport in
        Broomfield.  Wind damage in Boulder alone totaled 2 million
        dollars.  At Stapleton International Airport...west winds
        gusted to 53 mph on the 11th and to 47 mph on the 12th.
        The strong chinook winds warmed temperatures into the mid
        50`s on both days.
11-14 In 1997...cold Arctic air plunged temperatures below zero
        across metro Denver.  The temperature was below zero for
        60 consecutive hours from the afternoon on the 11th to
        around daybreak on the 14th.  The high temperature of only
        1 degree below zero on the 12th equaled the record low
        maximum for the date last set in 1963.  The low temperature
        dipped to 14 degrees below zero on the 12th.
12    In 1888...gale force winds toppled the weather instrument
        shelter in downtown Denver.  The strong winds in the
        foothills blew a train off the track at Georgetown.
        Northwest winds were sustained to 60 mph in the city.
        The strong winds warmed the temperature to a high of
        50 degrees.
      In 1980...strong winds in Boulder peaked to 95 mph at Table
        Mesa.  Northwest winds gusted to only 29 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1992...a strong Pacific storm system dumped heavy snow
        across portions of metro Denver. the foothills
        southwest of Denver...received 17.5 inches of snow.  Eleven
        inches fell at Lake Eldora west of Boulder...with 7 inches
        recorded at Morrison and 6 inches at Castle Rock.  At
        Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 31 mph...the snowfall totaled only 4.4 inches.  Strong
        winds forced the closure of some highways.
      In 1998...very strong winds and heavy snow caused blizzard
        conditions in the mountains to spread over portions of
        the Front Range foothills.  Just east of the Continental
        Divide...sustained winds from 80 to 85 mph with gusts to
        100 mph were recorded at Silver Spruce Ranch near Ward...
        resulting in whiteout conditions.  Only a trace of snow
        fell at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport.  North winds gusted to only 28 mph at Denver
        International Airport.
      In 2009...a fast moving storm system brought heavy snow to the
        foothills of Boulder and Jefferson well as the
        western and southern Denver suburbs.  Storm totals generally
        ranged from 4 to 9 inches.  The snowfall measurement at
        Denver International Airport was 3.0 inches.
12-13 In 1936...strong winds in Boulder blew roofs off homes.  Wind
        gusts over 60 mph were recorded at the University of
        Colorado and a gust to 55 mph measured at Valmont.
      In 2002...high winds developed in the foothills on the 12th
        and spread over the plains on the 13th.  Winds gusted to
        76 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on
        the mesa in Boulder on the 12th.  Northwest winds gusted
        to 49 mph...the highest wind of the Denver
        International Airport on the 13th.  The strongest winds
        were north and northeast of metro Denver.

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