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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST THU JAN 11 2018

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

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 downtown Denver.  The high temperature on the
        12th reached only 1 degree below zero.  On the
        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.
11    In 1887...northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph in the city.
      In 1893...northwest winds to 48 mph were recorded in the city.
      In 1901...northwest winds were sustained to 45 mph with an
        extreme velocity of 47 mph.
      In 1988...strong chinook winds blew throughout the day along
        the eastern foothills.  Winds peaked to 75 mph in Boulder...
        breaking at least one window.  West winds gusted to 49
        mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1989...2 to 3 inches of snow fell across metro Denver
        causing near gridlock conditions during the morning
        rush hour and two-hour delays at Stapleton International
        Airport.  Two to 6 inches of snow whitened Boulder where
        many traffic accidents were reported.  Snowfall measured
        2.9 inches at Stapleton International Airport where
        northeast winds gusted to 21 mph.
      In 1995...high winds developed in the foothills.  A gust to
        67 mph was recorded at Rocky Flats in northern Jefferson
        County.  West winds gusted to only 32 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1996...very strong winds were reported in the Front Range
        foothills for a brief time.  Wind gusts to 85 mph were
        recorded at Golden Gate Canyon...with 95 mph at Wondervu.
11-12 In 1972...high winds howled along the Front Range foothills.
        A wind gust to 144 mph was recorded at the National Center
        for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.  A wind gust to 105
        mph was recorded at the Rocky Flats plant south of Boulder.
        Wind gusts to 90 mph were recorded in downtown Boulder.
        The greatest damage from the windstorm occurred in Boulder
        where 25 or more mobile homes were destroyed either by wind
        or the fires which resulted when they were overturned.
        Car windows were blown out; many buildings damaged; utility
        poles...power lines...trees...and traffic lights blown down.
        As many as 75 families were evacuated from a recently
        completed apartment building because of severe structural
        damage.  Government and private office buildings and
        industrial plants were evacuated because of danger from
        flying glass and debris.  Twelve people were treated at
        the hospital...mostly for cuts from flying glass.  At
        least 15 small planes were seriously damaged and hangar
        doors were blown off at the Jefferson County airport in
        Broomfield.  Wind damage in Boulder alone totaled 2 million
        dollars.  At Stapleton International Airport...west winds
        gusted to 53 mph on the 11th and to 47 mph on the 12th.
        The strong chinook winds warmed temperatures into the mid
        50`s on both days.
11-14 In 1997...cold Arctic air plunged temperatures below zero
        across metro Denver.  The temperature was below zero for
        60 consecutive hours from the afternoon on the 11th to
        around daybreak on the 14th.  The high temperature of only
        1 degree below zero on the 12th equaled the record low
        maximum for the date last set in 1963.  The low temperature
        dipped to 14 degrees below zero on the 12th.

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