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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST FRI FEB 16 2018

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

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 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
      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.

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