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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN JAN 29 2017

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

26-1  In 1888...a protracted warm spell lasted a week.  Maximum
        temperatures ranged from 62 degrees on the 29th to an
        all time record high for the month of 76 degrees on the
        27th.  Daily record high temperatures of 76...69...and 71
        occurred on the 27th...28th...and 30th respectively.
        Record high minimum temperatures of 47 and 34 occurred
        on the 26th and 27th.
27-31 In 1951...a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
        Stapleton Airport.  Most of the snow...8.3 inches...fell on
        the 29th.  Cold Arctic air accompanied the snow.  Several
        temperature records were set...including record low maximum
        temperatures of 4 on the 28th and 4 below zero on the 29th
        and record low temperatures of 12 below zero on the 29th
        and 24 below zero on the 31st.  Temperatures were below
        zero for 45 consecutive hours.
28-29 In 1956...snowfall totaled 5.5 inches at Stapleton Airport
        where east winds gusted to 32 mph on the 28th.
      In 1972...cold west winds buffeted Boulder.  A wind gust to 92
        mph was recorded at the National Bureau of Standards...while
        a gust to 76 mph was measured in downtown Boulder.  Two
        mobile homes were overturned in Boulder.  Other damage was
        minor.  Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport on the 28th.
      In 1987...strong winds buffeted the Front Range foothills and
        spread east over the plains.  The highest wind recorded was
        99 mph on the 29th at both the National Center for
        Atmospheric Research in Boulder and the Rocky Flats plant
        south of Boulder.  Wind gusts in excess of 80 mph were
        common.  A northwest wind gust to 54 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport on the 28th with a gust to
        41 mph on the 29th.  Planes were damaged at both the Boulder
        and Jefferson County Airports.  Hangars were also damaged at
        Jefferson County Airport.  Many windows were broken...signs
        toppled...and trees downed.  A brick wall was blown onto
        parked cars in Lakewood.  A couple of houses in Lakewood
        were unroofed...while falling trees damaged others.  Two
        people were injured by flying debris in Lakewood and Golden.
        Total insured damage along the Front Range was 10 million
        dollars making the wind storm the second most costly on
        record in Colorado at the time.
      In 1995...deepening upslope winds along the eastern foothills
        on the 28th gave way to periods of heavy snow during the
        night and early morning hours of the 29th.  Snow fell to a
        depth of 8 inches in both Golden and Boulder with up to a
        foot in the foothills.  Only 1.9 inches of snow fell at
        Stapleton International Airport...where east winds gusted
        to 22 mph on the 28th.
      In 2001...heavy snow fell across metro Denver.  The heaviest
        snowfall occurred from just south of Denver to around
        Castle Rock.  Snow amounts included:  12 inches east of
        Parker...9 inches near Elizabeth and in Littleton...8 inches
        near Castle Rock and in Parker...and 7 inches in Aurora.
        Snowfall totaled 6.0 inches at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport.
28-30 In 1887...winds were strong and gusty for three days in the
        city.  West and northwest winds were sustained to 56 mph
        on both the 28th and 29th and to 44 mph on the 30th.
        Temperatures warmed to a high of 57 degrees on the 29th.
29    In 1900...northwest winds were sustained to 45 mph with an
        extreme velocity of 46 mph.
      In 1914...this was the last day of 60 consecutive days
        with snow cover of one inch or more in Denver.  This
        third longest period of snow cover on record began with
        the record breaking snow and blizzard on December 1-5...
        1913 when a total of 45.7 inches of snow fell in downtown
        Denver.  Additional snowfall during December and January
        prolonged the event.  Snow depth on the ground to the
        nearest tenth of an inch was measured once daily at 6:00
        PM MST.
      In 1927...west winds were sustained at 40 mph with gusts to
        42 mph.
      In 1942...heavy snowfall totaled 6.2 inches in downtown
        Denver.  North winds were sustained to 17 mph.
      In 1965...strong winds occurred in Boulder for the third
        consecutive day.  Only limited minor damage was reported.
        Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton International
      In 1984...highs winds in and near the foothills produced wind
        gusts as high as 71 mph in Boulder.  A plane was flipped
        over at Jefferson County Airport and damaged beyond repair.
        In Lakewood...two construction trailers were damaged by the
        gusts.  North winds gusted to only 38 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1990...gale to hurricane force winds gusts raked the
        foothills.  Wind gusts of 50 to 90 mph were common in
        Boulder County.  A peak wind of 94 mph was clocked at Table
        Mesa in southwest Boulder.  Scattered power outages and
        minor property damage were reported.  West winds gusted to
        46 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
29-30 In Arctic air mass with snow closed I-70 for a time
        in Denver and east of Denver.  Snowfall totaled 5.4 inches
        at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 29 mph on the 29th.
29-31 In 1883...a major winter storm dumped 19.3 inches of snow on
        downtown Denver.  Most of the snow...12.2 inches...fell
        on the 31st.  This was the heaviest snowfall to hit the
        city in years.  Temperatures plunged from a high of 52
        degrees on the 29th to a low of 13 degrees on the 31st.
        Precipitation from the storm totaled 2.23 inches.  The
        1.22 inches of precipitation on the 31st was the greatest
        calendar day and 24 hour precipitation ever recorded in
        the city during the month of January.

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