Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 160859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT THU MAR 16 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
9-19 In 1906...an extended cold and blustery period occurred with
light snow totaling 14.4 inches over 11 consecutive days.
The greatest amount of snow on a single day was 4.0 inches
on the 15th. Only a trace of snow fell on the 12th and 17th.
High temperatures were below freezing for the entire period.
The coldest were 14 degrees on the 16th and 18 degrees on the
17th. Both readings were record low maximums for the dates.
Low temperatures were mostly in the single digits. The
coldest were 2 degrees below zero on the 16th and 5 degrees
below zero on the 19th. Northeast winds were sustained to
22 mph on the 9th. North winds were sustained to 36 mph on
the 10th...32 mph on the 13th...and 22 mph on the 15th.
12-16 In 1880...a protracted cold spell resulted in 8 temperature
records being set. Record low temperatures for the date
were set when the temperature dipped to 10 degrees below
zero on the 13th and 14th...8 degrees below zero on the
12th and 15th...and 4 degrees below zero on the 16th.
Daily record low maximum temperatures were set with 11
degrees on the 12th...12 degrees on the 13th...and 19 degrees
on the 15th.
14-16 In 1908...a warm spell resulted in daily record high minimum
temperatures on 3 consecutive days: 54 degrees on the
14th...52 degrees on the 15th...and 56 degrees on the 16th...
also the all-time record high minimum for the month of
March. High temperatures ranged from 65 degrees on the
14th to 72 degrees on the 16th.
In 1983...a heavy wet snowstorm buried metro Denver with the
foothills receiving the most. Conifer recorded 34 inches
of snow with 4 feet measured at Coal Creek Canyon in the
foothills northwest of Denver. The storm left 6 to 10
inches of snow across metro Denver. Boulder received 12 to
18 inches. Flight operations at Stapleton International
Airport were limited to one runway for a time. Some roads
and schools were closed...and power outages occurred when
wet snow downed lines. Snowfall on the 15th and 16th
totaled 7.2 inches at Stapleton International Airport
where north winds gusted to 30 mph. Maximum snow depth
on the ground was only 6 inches due to melting.
15-16 In 2000...heavy upslope snowfall occurred in and near the
Front Range foothills and over the Palmer Divide to the
south of metro Denver. Snowfall totals from the storm
included: 17 inches at Idaho Springs; 16 inches at
Aspen Springs; 12 inches in Boulder; 11 inches at Bailey...
Chief Hosa...Coal Creek Canyon...Eldorado Springs...Evergreen...
and near Morrison; 10 inches at Intercanyon...Ken Caryl
Ranch...and near Nederland; 9 inches near Sedalia and in
Wheat Ridge; and 8 inches in Arvada. Snowfall totaled 5.4
inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport. Northeast winds gusted to 28 mph at Denver
International Airport on the 15th.
16 In 1902...north winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to
In 1908...the low temperature dipped to only 56 degrees...the
record high minimum for the month.
In 1963...high winds struck metro Denver causing heavy damage.
Winds gusted at 90 to 100 mph in Boulder. Wind gusts to 98
mph were recorded at Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield
where hangars and several light planes were severely
damaged. Wind gusts to 87 mph were recorded southwest of
Littleton. A west wind gust to 55 mph was recorded at
Stapleton Airport. Trees were uprooted...signs blown
down...and utility lines disrupted. Damage totaled nearly
5 thousand dollars in Boulder alone.
In 1987...a storm dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow across metro
Denver with higher amounts in the foothills. Most of
the snow on the plains melted as it fell. Only 1.9 inches
of snow fell at Stapleton International Airport where
southeast winds gusted to 30 mph.
In 2015...the temperature at Denver International Airport
reached 81 degrees. It broke the previous record of 75
degrees and also made it the earliest the 80 degree day on
record. The previous 80 degree day record was the 18th.