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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST WED FEB 15 2017

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

14-15 In 1960...heavy snowfall totaled 6.1 inches at Stapleton
        Airport.
      In 1965...5.4 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
        Airport behind a cold front.  North-northeast winds gusted
        to 32 mph.  Winds were strong and gusty all day and caused
        considerable blowing snow...contributing to hazardous
        driving conditions mainly to the east of Denver.
      In 1984...a snow and wind storm howled across eastern Colorado
        closing I-70 east of Denver.  This was the second blizzard
        in less than 4 days.  Only 0.5 inch of new snow fell at
        Stapleton International Airport...but north winds gusted
        to 51 mph.
15    In 1881...the temperature plunged to a low of 20 degrees
        below zero in the city.  In outer areas of the city...the
        temperature dipped to 26.5 degrees below zero.
      In 1910...west winds were sustained to 42 mph.
      In 1986...high winds battered the Front Range foothills.
        A wind gust to 95 mph was recorded in Boulder...but winds of
        60 to 80 mph were common in and near the foothills.  In
        Aurora...an automobile dealership lost a large plate glass
        window.  Southwest wind gusts to 44 mph were recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport.  The strong winds warmed
        temperatures.  A record maximum temperature of 66 degrees
        and a record high minimum temperature of 37 degrees were
        recorded at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1988...winds to 75 mph were clocked in Boulder...while a
        west wind gust to only 41 mph was recorded at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1997...winds gusted to 75 mph at Golden Gate Canyon during
        the early morning hours.  West winds gusted to 31 mph at
        Denver International Airport.
      In 2000...high winds spread from the foothills onto the plains.
        While the strongest winds were north and northeast of metro
        Denver...west winds gusted to 58 mph in Thornton and to
        54 mph at Denver International Airport.
      In 2005...light precipitation of only 0.02 inch at Denver
        International Airport and 0.5 inch was the only measurable
        snowfall of the month. This ranked the month as the 2nd
        driest February of record.
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 1993...an 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.

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