Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 060959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST FRI JAN 6 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
31-6 In 1973...the 31st marked the start of a protracted cold spell
that extended into January of 1974 when temperatures
dipped below zero on 7 consecutive days. Record daily
minimum readings occurred on the 3rd and 5th when the
temperature plunged to 17 degrees below zero on both days.
A record low daily maximum temperature of only 4 degrees
occurred on the 5th.
31-7 In 1941...a protracted cold spell through January 7...1942...
produced below zero low temperatures on 7 of the 8 days.
A low temperature of 2 degrees on the 3rd prevented a
string of 8 days below zero. The coldest days during the
period were the 1st with a high of 2 degrees and
a low of 9 degrees below zero...the 4th with a high of 2
degrees and a low of 11 degrees below zero...and the 5th
with a high of 26 degrees and a low of 12 degrees below
5-6 In 1940...snowfall totaled 5.9 inches in downtown Denver.
In 1975...high winds gusting to over 75 mph caused
considerable damage in the Boulder area and minor damage
in Jefferson County. In Boulder...one home was unroofed...
several power lines were blown down...and a number of homes
and commercial buildings were damaged. Northwest winds
gusted to 36 mph on the 5th and 38 mph on the 6th at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1980 high winds in and near the foothills shattered
windows...tore roofs from buildings...and caused many power
outages. Much of the damage was in Boulder...where winds
gusted to at least 82 mph. Wind gusts of 80 to 100 mph
were common in the foothills. West winds gusted to only
37 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 6th.
In 1982...2 to 6 inches of snow fell across metro Denver.
Only 1.1 inches of snow were measured at Stapleton
In 1983...high winds buffeted the foothills with gusts of
60 to 75 mph recorded in the Boulder area. West winds
gusted to only 38 mph at Stapleton International Airport
on the 6th.
In 1998...heavy snow blanketed the Front Range foothills.
Snowfall totals included: 15 inches 8 miles north of
Blackhawk; 13 inches at Evergreen and 5 miles east
of Nederland; 12 inches in Coal Creek Canyon; 11 inches
8 miles west of Conifer; 10 inches in Sunshine Canyon
northwest of Boulder; 10 inches 11 miles southwest of
Morrison; 9 inches in South Turkey Canyon; and 8 inches
at Eldora Ski Area. Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at
the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
6 In 1903...northwest winds were sustained to 45 mph with an
extreme velocity of 48 mph. The chinook winds warmed
the temperature to a high of 66 degrees...which was a
record maximum for the date. The low temperature dipped
to only 35 degrees.
In 1962...strong winds caused nearly 14 hundred dollars in
damage 2 miles north of Boulder. West-northwest chinook
winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton Airport in advance of
a cold front that produced northeast wind gusts to 43 mph
along with some blowing dust and 0.1 inch of snow.
In 1972...a wind gust to 69 mph was recorded at the National
Bureau of Standards in Boulder. Only minor damage
occurred. Northwest winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton
In 2007...a large avalanche swept two vehicles off U.S.
Highway 40...near Berthoud Pass...and partially buried them.
The slide covered all three lanes of the highway. Eight
people were in the vehicles...but only one person was
seriously injured. He suffered several broken ribs. The
slide was approximately 200 feet wide and 15 feet deep.
6-7 In 1908...furious high winds were noted in Boulder but
caused only minor damage and injury.
In 1913...a very cold Arctic air mass caused temperatures to
plunge to record levels. The low temperature fell to 21
degrees below zero on the 6th and to 18 degrees below
zero on the 7th...both records. The high temperature of
only 8 degrees below zero on the 6th was a record low
maximum for the date.
In 1920...post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches in
downtown Denver. North winds were sustained at 24 mph
with gusts to 30 mph on the 6th.
In 1923...warm chinook winds resulted in two temperature
records. Low temperatures of 37 degrees on the 6th
and 42 degrees on the 7th equaled the record high
minimums for the dates. West winds were sustained to
30 mph with gusts to 33 mph on the 6th. Southwest
winds were sustained to 47 mph with gusts to 52 mph
on the 7th. High temperatures were 53 degrees on the
6th and 56 degrees on the 7th.
In 1986...2 to 4 inches of snow fell over metro Denver...
with 5 to 8 inches in the foothills west of the city.
The 2.4 inches of snowfall recorded at Stapleton
International Airport was the only snowfall of the
month. Northwest winds gusted to 24 mph at the
In 2006...a brief warm spell resulted in two temperature
records. High temperatures of 66 degrees on the 6th
and 69 degrees on the 7th equaled the record daily
maximum temperatures for each of those days. Low
temperatures remained above freezing and were within
1 or 2 degrees of the record daily high minimums.