Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 290959
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
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. .