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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
        consecutive hours.
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
        Airport.
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
        and 11th.

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