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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST THU DEC 29 2016

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

25-31 In 1980...temperatures were unusually warm during the week
        between Christmas and New Year`s.  High temperatures for
        the week ranged from the mid-50`s to the mid-70`s.  Four
        temperature records were set.  Record highs occurred on
        the 26th with 68 degrees...the 27th with 75 degrees...and
        the 30th with 71 degrees.  A record high minimum
        temperature of 41 degrees occurred on the 27th.
27-29 In 1983...a second surge of bitter cold air in less than a
        week was less intense.  Record breaking low temperatures
        of 12 degrees below zero on the 28th and 15 degrees below
        zero on the 29th were accompanied by 3.7 inches of snowfall
        and northeast winds gusting to 23 mph.
28-29 In 1906...a trace of snow fell on both days...which along
        with a trace of snow on the 5th...was the only snow of
        the month...ranking the month the second least snowiest
        December on record.
      In 1970...wind gusts to 87 mph were recorded at the National
        Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.  Winds gusted
        to only 46 mph in downtown Boulder.  Damage was minor.
      In 2006...while metro Denver residents were still digging
        out from the heavy snowfall and blizzard that occurred
        on December 20-21...the second major winter storm in a
        week buried the city and the eastern foothills again in
        more deep snow.  Heavy snowfall ranged from 1 to 2 1/2
        feet in the foothills and from 6 to 18 inches across the
        city.  Another slow moving storm system centered over the
        Texas panhandle produced deep upslope flow over the high
        plains and against the Front Range Mountains.  The storm
        produced blizzard conditions over the plains mainly south
        of Interstate 76.  Interstate 70 as well as other roads
        and highways was closed from Denver to the Kansas line due
        to snow and blizzard conditions.  Greyhound was forced to
        cancel all bus trips from Denver.  The heaviest snow fell
        in and near the foothills and south of Denver over the
        Palmer Divide...where north winds sustained at speeds of
        20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph piled the snow into
        drifts 4 to 14 feet deep.  In the city...the heavy snowfall
        persisted for a total of 29 hours.  Snowfall totals across
        metro Denver included:  17.5 inches at Ken Caryl; 15 inches
        3 miles south-southeast of Morrison; 14 inches in Boulder
        and Lone Tree; 12 inches in Castle Rock and Highlands
        Ranch; 11 inches in Wheat Ridge; 10.5 inches in Littleton;
        10 inches in Arvada...Broomfield...and Louviers; and 8.5
        inches in Lakewood and Thornton.  Officially...snowfall
        totaled 8.0 inches at Denver Stapleton.  North winds
        sustained to 25 mph with gusts to 32 mph produced some
        blowing snow at Denver International Airport.  In the
        city...this second storm increased the total snowfall for
        the month to 29.4 inches...making the month the third
        snowiest on record.  In the foothills the snow fell at a
        rate of 3 to 4 inches an hour at times.  Total snowfall
        in the foothills included:  30 inches near Genesee;
        29.5 inches 12 miles northwest of Golden; 25 inches in
        Evergreen and near Bergen Park; 24 inches near Conifer;
        23.5 inches 3 miles southwest of Golden and near Gold
        Hill; 23 inches near Jamestown; 22.5 inches in
        Rollinsville; 19.5 inches in Aspen Springs; 19 inches
        near Blackhawk; 18.5 inches at Nederland; 16 inches
        in Indian Hills...at Intercanyon...and in Eldora; 15.5
        inches at Echo Lake; and 12 inches near Ralston
        Reservoir.  The total cost of snow removal just at
        Denver International Airport from this storm and the
        previous storm was in tens of millions of dollars.  The
        airport estimated up to 6.7 million dollars in extra
        costs for contractors...overtime...equipment...de-icing
        chemicals...and other expenses.  The two storms cost the
        airport 4.6 million dollars in loss concession revenues.
        United Airlines reported lost revenue of over 25 million
        dollars from the two storms...while Frontier Airlines
        lost an estimated 12.1 million dollars.
29    In 1997...high winds persisted mainly in and near the
        foothills.  Strong cross winds gusting between 60 and
        70 mph blew a rental truck off the roadway in northern
        Jefferson County near the Coal Creek Canyon road.  West
        winds gusted to 33 mph at Denver International Airport.
      In 2005...high winds were recorded across metro Denver.
        Peak wind gusts included 75 mph near Chatfield Reservoir
        and 64 mph at Denver International Airport.  No damage was
        reported.
29-30 In 1898...heavy snowfall totaled 6.2 inches in downtown
        Denver.  Northeast winds were sustained to 35 mph with
        gusts to 40 mph on the 29th.
      In 1912...strong winds buffeted Boulder...causing hundreds of
        dollars damage.  The winds were described as one of the
        most terrific in the history of the city.
      In 1923...a cold wave caused temperatures to plunge 58
        degrees in 24 hours.  The temperature was 54 degrees at
        2:00 PM on the 29th and only 4 degrees below zero at the
        same time on the 30th.  The low temperature of 14 degrees
        on the 29th was the high temperature on the 30th.  The low
        temperature on the 30th dipped to 10 degrees below zero.
        Light snowfall totaled only 0.7 inch.  Northeast winds
        were sustained to 23 mph on the 29th.
      In 2008...very strong Chinook winds blasted areas in and near
        the foothills of Boulder and Jefferson Counties.  The wind
        blew down trees and power poles...downed electrical lines
        and fences...and damaged homes and vehicles.  Scattered
        power outages were reported along the Front Range.  In
        Metropolitan Denver alone...24000 Xcel customers were
        affected by the outages.  Four planed were damaged at the
        Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont...one was heavily
        damaged.  Insurance companies estimated up to 7 million
        dollars in damage.  Peak wind gusts included 87 mph at the
        National Wind Technology Center...86 mph...2 miles north of
        Longmont; 77 mph at Erie...and 75 mph at Lafayette.  On the
        30th...a peak wind gust to 47 mph was recorded at Denver
        International Airport. .

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