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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT WED MAY 3 2017

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

1-5   In 1898...snowfall totaled 15.5 inches in downtown Denver.
        Most of the snow...6.2 inches...fell on the 3rd.  Most of
        the snow melted as it fell.  The greatest snow depth on
        the ground was only 2.5 inches on the 3rd at 8:00 PM.
        This was the only snowfall during the month.  Northeast
        winds were sustained to 22 mph on the 1st.
2-3   In 1979...heavy rain changed to snow on the 2nd.  Snowfall
        totaled 3.9 inches at Stapleton International Airport...
        where northwest winds gusted to 26 mph.  The greatest
        depth of snow on the ground was only 1 inch at midday on
        the 2nd due to melting.  Total precipitation for the 2
        days was 1.65 inches.
2-4   In 1987...a slow moving storm brought rain...wind...and snow
        to metro Denver.  Rainfall totaled 1.04 inches at
        Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 48 mph on the 3rd.  The foothills received 5 to 10 inches
        of snow.
2-5   In 2001...a very slow moving Pacific storm system became parked
        near the Four Corners region...which allowed heavy snow to
        develop above 6500 feet in the foothills with a mix of rain
        and snow over lower elevations of metro Denver.  Snowfall
        totals included:  21 inches atop Crow Hill and at Idaho
        Springs; 19 inches near Blackhawk; and 18 inches in Coal
        Creek Canyon...Genesee...and 11 miles southwest of Morrison.
        Snowfall totaled 6.2 inches at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport.  Precipitation (rain and
        melted snow) totaled 2.09 inches at Denver International
        Airport where north winds gusted to 30 mph on the 2nd.
3     In 1898...heavy snowfall of 6.2 inches fell over downtown
        Denver.  Most of the snow melted as it fell.  The greatest
        snow depth on the ground was 2.5 inches during the evening.
      In 1907...the all-time lowest recorded temperature in the
        month of May...19 degrees...occurred.
      In apparent microburst produced sustained northeast
        winds to 44 mph with gusts to 52 mph.  Rainfall was only
        0.01 inch in downtown Denver.
      In 1981...lightning struck 9 golfers at the South Suburban
        Golf Course.  None were injured seriously.
      In 1983...hail 1 1/2 inches in diameter fell at Green
        Mountain west of Lakewood...with 3/4 inch stones reported
        in Lakewood.
      In 1986...a thunderstorm wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport.
3-5   In 1908...rain changed to snow on the evening of the 3rd
        and continued through the early evening of the 5th.
        Snowfall totaled 10.0 inches over downtown Denver.
        This was the last measurable snow of the season.
        Precipitation totaled 1.51 inches.  North winds were
        sustained to 23 mph on the 3rd...33 mph on the 4th...and
        21 mph on the 5th.  Three temperature records were set.
        High temperatures of 30 degrees on the 4th and 38 degrees
        on the 5th were record low maximum temperatures for the
        dates.  The reading on the 4th was also the all-time
        record low maximum for the month of May.
      In 2007...a slow moving Pacific storm system...from the
        Desert Southwest...brought a period of unsettled weather
        to the region.  During the 3-day period...locally heavy
        snow was reported over parts of the Front Range Foothills.
        Storm totals included:  15 inches near Conifer...14.5
        inches west of Jamestown...13.5 inches; 6 miles southwest
        of Evergreen...and 12.5 inches at Pine Junction.  Severe
        thunderstorms...producing large hail...up to one inch in
        diameter were observed in the vicinity of Boulder and
        Hudson.  Lightning struck a residence in Jefferson County.
        The roof was hit...causing the attic to catch fire.
        At Denver International Airport...lightning struck a
        United Airlines jet as it was pushing away from
        the gate.  The passengers were taken off the jet and put
        on another plane.

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