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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SAT NOV 26 2016

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

25-26 In 1887...snowfall totaled 2.9 inches in the city.  This was
        the only measurable snow of the month.  Northeast winds
        were sustained to 18 mph on the 26th when the temperature
        dipped to 12 degrees below zero.
      In 1959...a sharp cold front produced a northwest wind gust
        to 51 mph...followed by snow and falling temperatures from
        a high of 60 degrees to a low of 23 degrees at midnight
        on the 25th.  Snowfall totaled 4.4 inches at Stapleton
        Airport before ending early on the 26th.
      In 1972...winds gusted to 104 mph at the Rocky Flats plant
        south of Boulder.  Gusts to 70 mph were recorded at the
        National Bureau of Standards in Boulder...while in downtown
        Boulder winds peaked to 68 mph.  Some damage was reported.
        Northwest winds gusted to 47 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport on the 26th.
      In 1984...blowing snow closed I-70 east of Denver...stranding
        over a thousand travelers in Limon.  Denver received only
        2.3 inches of snowfall.  North winds gusted to 31 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1999...strong chinook winds redeveloped overnight in and
        near the foothills.  Peak wind gusts included 72 mph atop
        Blue Mountain near Wondervu and at the National Center for
        Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab above Boulder.
25-27 In 1978...heavy snowfall of 6.0 inches was measured at
        Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 20 mph.  Most of the snow...4.8 inches...fell on the 25th.
        The greatest amount of snow measured on the ground was
        5 inches due to settling and melting.
25-28 In 1952...the average coldest 4-day period in November in the
        previous 81 years of record occurred.  Maximum temperatures
        of 19...15...21...and 25 degrees were recorded.  Minimum
        temperatures were below zero each day with readings of
        7 below...6 below...5 below...and 6 below.
25-29 In 1985...dense fog with visibilities as low as 1/8 mile
        occurred on five consecutive days at Stapleton International
        Airport.  The fog was at times accompanied by light snow...
        light freezing drizzle...or ice crystals.  Fog occurred all
        day on both the 26th and 29th.
26    In 1873...west winds increased to a violent gale at 3:00 AM
        and reached a maximum sustained velocity of 56 mph at
        3:15 AM.  The winds continued with a velocity of not
        less than 40 mph until 6:00 AM.  Winds continued brisk for
        the remainder of the day.  The strong winds caused damage
        to houses and buildings in the city.  Temperatures were in
        the 50`s through early afternoon with a recorded high of
        59 degrees.  Winds also blew strongly in Boulder and caused
        300 dollars in damage.
      In northeast winds were sustained to
        43 mph with gusts as high as 52 mph.  Snowfall was
        only 0.5 inch.
      In snowfall totaled 5.5 inches at
        Stapleton International Airport where strong west
        winds gusted to 39 mph during the afternoon.
      In 1976...2 to 4 inches of snow with an Arctic cold front
        produced near zero visibility at times in blowing snow...
        causing multiple automobile accidents in metro Denver.
        Snowfall totaled 3.5 inches at Stapleton International
        Airport where north winds gusted to 39 mph.  Temperatures
        hovered in the teens and lower 20`s most of the day
        dipping to 7 degrees by midnight.
      In 1977 a strong wind storm raked metro Denver.  High winds
        blew windows from office towers in Denver and Boulder.
        Thirteen people were injured in Boulder due to flying
        debris.  Wind gusts to 119 mph were clocked on Davidson
        Mesa southeast of Boulder...with 109 mph in downtown
        Boulder.  Six airplanes were damaged at Jefferson County
        Airport near Broomfield.  Winds to 90 mph were reported
        in Lakewood.   Glass was blown out of several vehicles in
        Wheat Ridge...and roofs were blown off 4 houses in Arvada.
        Several houses under construction collapsed across metro
        Denver.  Winds to 75 mph were reported at the Denver
        Federal Center with 90 mph at Rocky Flats.  West winds
        gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
        Total insured damage from the wind storm was 2.2 million
      In 1987...a Thanksgiving snowstorm brought 5 inches of snow
        to metro Denver and 6 inches to the foothills.  At
        Stapleton International Airport...snowfall totaled 5.0
        inches...north winds gusted to 22 mph...and temperatures
        hovered in the upper 20`s most of the day.
      In 1991...strong winds were recorded in and near the eastern
        foothills.  Winds at Rollinsville were clocked to 70 mph
        with 45 mph recorded in Boulder and 51 mph at the U.S.
        Atomic Energy Commission Rocky Flats plant.  West winds
        gusted to only 28 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
26-27 In 1876...heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches over the city
        from 5:00 PM on the 26th through 5:00 P.M. on the 27th.
        Precipitation was 0.30 inch on the 25th and 0.60 inch
        on the 27th.
      In incursion of cold Arctic air produced snowfall
        of 4.6 inches over downtown Denver.  Temperatures dipped
        to 5 degrees below zero on the evening of the 26th and
        recovered to a high of only 1 degree below zero on the
        27th...the all-time record low maximum for the month of
        November and the record for the date.  Northwest winds
        were sustained to 25 mph with gusts to 26 mph on the 26th.
      In 1923...snowfall of 2.0 inches was the only snow of the
        month.  North winds were sustained to 22 mph on the 26th.
      In 1972...heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where north winds gusted to only
        18 mph on the 27th.
      In 1983...a Thanksgiving blizzard dumped 21.5 inches of
        snowfall in 37 hours with a maximum of 18 inches on the
        ground at Stapleton International Airport.  The storm
        produced howling winds...which paralyzed Thanksgiving
        weekend transportation across all of eastern Colorado.
        On the 27th...Stapleton International Airport closed...
        opening 24 hours later.  Interstate highways were closed
        in all directions...but west...from Denver.  At Stapleton
        International Airport...north winds gusted to 36 mph on the
        26th and to 29 mph on the 27th.  However...most wind speeds
        across metro Denver were 15 to 30 mph.  Temperatures
        hovered in the teens and lower 20`s.  Many stores and
        businesses closed.  Several high school football games
        were postponed.  Across metro Denver...snow depth varied
        from 15 inches in Commerce City to 28 inches near
        Chatfield Reservoir.  Snow removal in Denver was
        estimated at 1.5 million dollars.  Following the storm...
        an inch or more of snow remained on the ground for 63
        consecutive days through January 27...1984.  This is the
        longest period of continuous snow cover ever recorded in
      In early winter storm deposited 2 to 8 inches of
        wet snow across metro Denver.  Snowfall totaled 3.4 inches
        at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
        gusted to 30 mph on the 26th.
      In 1993...strong winds swept off the foothills across metro
        Denver.  Sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph were common across
        the area.  Wind gusts to 67 mph were recorded atop Squaw
        Mountain near Idaho Springs.  West winds gusted to 36 mph
        at Stapleton International Airport on the 26th.  The strong
        winds produced some blowing snow...reducing the visibility
        to less than one mile at times.
      In 1995...snowfall totaled 3.7 inches at the former Stapleton
        International Airport site.  The foothills west of Denver
        received 4 to 7 inches of snow.  North-northeast winds
        gusted to 34 mph at Denver International Airport on the

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