Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 100959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST TUE JAN 10 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
7-10 In 1962...a major winter storm dumped 13.5 inches of snow on
metro Denver. A foot of the snow fell on the 8th when
northeast winds gusted to 30 mph. The storm was followed
by an intense blast of very cold Arctic air. Minimum
temperature readings of 24 degrees below zero occurred on
both the 9th and 10th. The temperature never reached above
zero on the 9th when a maximum reading of 1 degree below
zero was recorded. Temperatures were below zero for 37
8-10 In 1983...winds of 70 to 90 mph howled through Boulder.
A wind gust to 100 mph was recorded on Fritz Peak near
Rollinsville. A tree blown down by the wind damaged a
house in eastern Boulder County. The strong winds
developed behind a cold front late on the 8th and continued
through the 10th. At Stapleton International Airport...west
to northwest winds gusted to 49 mph on the 8th...to 45 mph
on the 9th...and to 48 mph on the 10th.
9-10 In 1962...the low temperature plunged to 24 degrees below
zero on both days.
In 1972...a west wind gust to 60 mph was recorded at Stapleton
International Airport...while in Boulder a wind gust to
86 mph was recorded at the National Bureau of Standards.
The roof of a house was blown off...and trees were blown
down in Boulder. The high winds contributed to the
damage from a building fire in Boulder.
In 2000...heavy snow and strong winds in the mountains
spilled into the Front Range foothills. Ward...northwest
of Boulder...received 9 inches of new snow. Wind gusts
to 91 mph were measured in Golden Gate Canyon...with
gusts to 77 mph at Loveland Ski area and to 73 mph along
State Highway 93 north of Golden. West winds gusted to
44 mph at Denver International Airport on the 9th.
In 2011...a winter storm brought moderate to heavy snowfall
to areas in and near the Front Range Foothills and Palmer
Divide. Storm totals included: 13 inches...3 miles south
of Golden; 11.5 inches near Eldorado Springs...10.5 inches...
2 miles southwest of Boulder; 10 inches...3 miles southwest
of Roxbourough State Park; 9 inches at Genessee...8.5 inches
in Arvada...4 miles south-southeast of Bennett and Greenwood
Village...8 inches...8 miles south of Elizabeth; 7 inches at
Commerce City and 6.5 inches near Louisville and at Denver
International Airport. Gusty winds produced snow drifts up
to 2 feet deep over the Palmer Divide.
10 In 1893...strong west winds in Boulder and the adjacent
foothills caused only minor damage. In Denver...northwest
winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts as high as 60
mph. The chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high
of 64 degrees and a low of only 40 degrees...which was a
record high minimum for the date.
In 1911...southwest chinook winds sustained to 44 mph warmed
the temperature to a high of 60 degrees.
In 1932...the first thunderstorm ever officially recorded
in Denver during January occurred in the early morning.
The Assistant Observer heard two prolonged peals of
thunder between 4:20 AM and 4:25 AM. Another off-duty
observer was awakened by the thunder. Other people
reported both thunder and lightning. Light snow was
falling at the time. Pellets of graupel or hail were
reported from some parts of the city. Snowfall totaled
only 1.8 inches. Northwest winds gusted to 30 mph.
In 1962...as the temperature dipped to a frigid 24 degrees
below zero...setting a new record minimum for the date...
the pressure adjusted to sea level reached the highest
ever recorded in Denver...31.24 inches (1057.8 mb). The
altimeter setting reached 30.70 inches...and the actual
station pressure recorded was 25.260 inches.
In 1988...strong winds occurred throughout the day in and
near the foothills. Peak gusts to 85 mph were recorded at
Rollinsville...84 mph at Echo Lake...and 64 mph in Boulder.
In 1990...a third consecutive day of 50 to 85 mph wind gusts
occurred in and along the eastern foothills. A 5 mile
portion of the Denver-Boulder Turnpike was closed after
clouds of blowing dust and gravel caused several multicar
accidents near Broomfield. One 59-year-old woman was
killed and two others injured. A wind gust to 81 mph was
recorded at the nearby Jefferson County Airport. In
Boulder...wind gusts to 85 mph were blamed for ripping off
a portion of a roof on a house...as well as blowing out the
large picture window. West winds gusted to 41 mph at
Stapleton International Airport. The warm chinook winds
set a record high temperature of 71 degrees in Denver
for the date.
In 1996...strong northwest winds developed behind a Pacific
cold front that moved rapidly across northeast Colorado.
A peak wind gust to 64 mph was recorded at the Rocky Flats
Environmental Test Facility in Jefferson County. North-
northeast winds gusted to 38 mph at Denver International
10-11 In 1948...strong winds were reported in Boulder and Lakewood.
Winds of 50 to 60 mph were reported at Valmont...just east
of Boulder. Only minor damage was reported.
In 1980...strong winds of 60 to 95 mph howled across metro
Denver...causing some brief power outages and some broken
windows. A wind gust to 111 mph was recorded at Wondervu.
Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton International
Airport on the 10th.
In 1999...high winds gusting to 100 mph blasted the foothills.
Peak wind gusts included: 100 mph at Central City...98 mph
at Wondervu...82 mph at Aspen Springs and Golden Gate Canyon...
81 mph at the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder and near Nederland...
78 mph atop Blue Mountain near Coal Creek Canyon...and 72
mph at the Rocky Flats Environmental Test Facility. West
winds gusted to 38 mph and warmed the temperature to a high
of 63 degrees at Denver International Airport on the 11th.
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
19...1883...in downtown Denver. The high temperature on the
12th reached only 1 degree below zero. On the 12th...an
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