Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 260959
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 1911...post-frontal northeast winds were sustained to
43 mph with gusts as high as 52 mph. Snowfall was
only 0.5 inch.
In 1965...post-frontal 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 1919...an 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 1990...an 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