Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 300859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT APR 30 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
29-30 In 1964...several weeks of dry weather and windy conditions
across the Great Plains to the east caused noticeable
suspended dust to invade metro Denver. At Stapleton
International Airport east winds gusted to 28 mph and
visibility was reduced to 5 miles.
In 1989...a late season snowstorm dropped 2 to 4 inches of
snow across metro Denver with 6 to 12 inches in the
foothills. Snowfall totaled 3.9 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where northeast winds gusted to
23 mph and the greatest snow depth on the ground was
2 inches due to melting.
In 1991...a Pacific storm dumped heavy wet snow across metro
Denver. The foothills were hit the hardest where snowfall
amounts ranged from 16 inches at Evergreen to 5 inches at
Idaho Springs. Lower elevations of metro Denver received
5 to 9 inches of snowfall with 5 inches in Boulder and 7.0
inches at Stapleton International Airport where northeast
winds gusted to 25 mph. The weight of the snow caused
power lines to fall and tree limbs to snap...producing power
outages in parts of Denver...Aurora...and Westminster.
In 1999...heavy snow fell overnight in the foothills above
7500 feet elevation. Snowfall totals included: 13 inches
near Rollinsville...10 inches near Evergreen...8 inches at
Blackhawk and Nederland...and 7 inches at Conifer. Only
rain fell across the city with 2.13 inches recorded at
Denver International Airport.
29-2 In 1954...a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow...7.5 inches...fell on
the 29th and 30th. The maximum snow depth on the ground
was 5 inches on the 30th due to melting. No strong winds
accompanied the storm.
30 In 1896...northwest winds were sustained to 55 mph with gusts
as high as 64 mph in the city.
In 1960...the minimum temperature dipped to 22 degrees
at Stapleton Airport. The sub-freezing cold damaged
fruit trees and some other crops in the area.
In 1967...west winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton
International Airport. Winds were strong and gusty
across all of metro Denver.
In 1972...hail 1/2 to 3/4 inches in diameter fell at
Stapleton International Airport. Northwest winds gusted
to 35 mph.
In 1980...a cold air funnel touched down several times near
In 1983...mothball-size hail fell in Wheat Ridge.
In 1992...the all-time highest recorded temperature in April...
90 degrees...occurred. This is also the earliest 90 degree
reading for the season. In addition...the temperature
dipped to a low of only 56 degrees...setting a record high
minimum for the date.
In 1995...hail...up to 3/4 inch in diameter...fell at Denver
International Airport. The hail was soft...lasted for only
8 to 10 minutes...and caused no damage.
In 2002...drought conditions started to have an effect on
greater metro Denver. April...normally the third snowiest
month of the year in Denver averaging just over 9 inches of
snow...ended with only a trace of snow...ranking the month...
along with previous Aprils...the 2nd least snowiest on
record. The month ended with only 0.23 inch of liquid
precipitation making the month the 3rd driest on record.
Mountain snowpack was less than half of normal for this
time of year. A statewide drought emergency was declared
by the Governor.
In 2003...a small tornado touched down 10 miles east of Hudson...
but did no damage. Hail as large as 3/4 inch in diameter
fell in Aurora near Cherry Creek.
In 2004...post-frontal upslope flow produced light snowfall
across metro Denver. Snowfall was 4.0 inches at Denver
Stapleton...while the temperature hovered in the lower 30`s
all day. The high temperature was only 33 degrees...a
record low maximum for the date. The low temperature of
30 degrees was not a record. North winds gusted to 20 mph
at Denver International Airport.
30-1 In 1980...to the west of Denver...heavy rain changing to snow
buried the foothills above 7 thousand feet in 4 to 8 inches
of snow. Precipitation in the foothills ranged from 1 to 3
inches...which caused some local flooding. Rain fell at
lower elevations. Rainfall at Stapleton International
Airport totaled 1.05 inches from the storm.