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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST FRI JAN 26 2018

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

22-26 In 1948...the longest period of snowfall on record (92 hours
        and 3 minutes) occurred in downtown Denver where a total of
        13.6 inches of snow fell.  At Stapleton Airport...19.0 inches
        of snow fell...making it the heaviest snow in January and the
        5th heaviest snow of record at that time.  North winds were
        sustained to a velocity of 23 mph on the 25th...but generally
        the winds were light throughout the storm.  The snow
        disrupted traffic...but street clearing was begun soon after
        it became apparent that the snow would be heavy.  Over the
        5 days...temperatures ranged from a high of 48 degrees on
        the 22nd to a low of 1 degree on the 26th.  Most readings
        were in the teens and 20`s during the storm.
24-26 In 1970...a wind gust to 122 mph was recorded at the National
        Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on the 24th.
        Winds also gusted to 109 mph at NCAR on the 26th.  Most
        winds were estimated between 60 and 70 mph in Boulder. most cases...was from broken windows and tree
        limbs and downed power lines.  A roof was blown off a
        house in Eldorado Springs south of Boulder.  A building
        under construction was damaged in Boulder.  Reported
        damage totaled 25 hundred dollars in Boulder.  Northwest
        winds gusted to 47 mph at Stapleton International Airport
        on the 24th.  In Denver...the chinook winds warmed the
        temperature to a record high of 68 degrees on the 24th.
25-26 In 1910...gale force westerly winds of great velocity struck
        Boulder.  Some damage was reported.  West winds were
        sustained to 45 mph in Denver on the 25th.
25-27 In 1897...a cold spell resulted in three temperature records.
        Low temperature of 14 degrees below zero on the 27th was
        a record minimum for the date.  High temperatures of only
        3 degrees on the 25th and 2 degrees on the 26th were record
        low maximums for the dates.  Very light snow or flurries
        fell on the 25th and 26th at times.
26    In 1902...the low temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero.
      In 1916...sleet...grains of ice...a rare occurrence in Denver...
        fell for 3 hours and 15 minutes...covering the ground.
      In 1999...high winds developed in and near the foothills.
        Peak wind reports included:  82 mph in Boulder and at
        Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield...79 mph at
        the Rocky Flats Environmental Test Facility...and 72 mph
        at the National Center for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab
        near Boulder.  West winds gusted to 40 mph at Denver
        International Airport where the temperature warmed to a
        high of 54 degrees.
26-27 In 1944...heavy snowfall totaled 8.0 inches in downtown
        Denver.  Most of the snow...7.0 inches...occurred on the
        26th when northwest winds were sustained to 17 mph.
      In Stapleton International Airport...only 3.8 inches
        of snowfall were measured and north winds gusted to 40 mph
        causing some blowing snow...while over the Colorado eastern
        plains heavy snow accompanied by high winds created
        widespread blizzard conditions closing many highways.
      In 1994...the combination of an upper level storm system
        and moist upslope winds brought heavy snow and cold
        temperatures to metro Denver and much of eastern Colorado.
        Snowfall across metro Denver averaged 5 to 7 inches.
        Snowfall totaled 3.8 inches at Stapleton International
        Airport where east winds gusted to 21 mph on the 26th.
      In 2000...snow...heavy in the mountains...spread over the
        foothills and metro Denver.  Eight inches of snow were
        measured at Bergen Park and near Evergreen.  Snowfall
        totaled 3.8 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.
26-1  In 1888...a protracted warm spell lasted a week.  Maximum
        temperatures ranged from 62 degrees on the 29th to an
        all time record high for the month of 76 degrees on the
        27th.  Daily record high temperatures of 76...69...and 71
        occurred on the 27th...28th...and 30th respectively.
        Record high minimum temperatures of 47 and 34 occurred
        on the 26th and 27th.

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