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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN MAR 5 2017

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

3-5   In 1961...snowfall totaled 8.3 inches at Stapleton Airport
        over the 3-day period with most of the snow...4.4 inches...
        falling on the 3rd.  Winds were generally light gusting to
        only 23 mph.
4-5   In 1971...heavy post-frontal snowfall totaled 7.7 inches at
        Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 28 mph.
      In 1992...snow spread from the mountains into the eastern
        foothills where 19 inches fell in Coal Creek Canyon.
        Rain fell over lower elevations of metro Denver with
        1.12 inches of precipitation recorded at Stapleton
        International Airport and only one half inch of snow.
        North winds gusted to 32 mph.
      In 2004...snowfall totaled 1.8 inches at the Denver
        Stapleton site.  This was the only measurable snowfall
        of the month.  Northeast winds gusted to 29 mph at
        Denver International Airport.
4-6   In 1931...a cold front with north winds gusting to 35 mph
        on the evening of the 4th brought snowfall on the 5th
        into the early morning of the 6th.  Heavy snowfall
        totaled 6.2 inches.  Temperatures plunged from a high
        of 58 degrees on the 4th to a low of only 22 degrees
        by midnight...which was also the high reading on the
      In 1983...a slow moving moisture laden storm produced heavy
        snow and rain.  Two to three feet of snow fell in the
        foothills at Wondervu and Nederland.  The southern portion
        of metro Denver was buried with 26 inches of snow in
        southeast Aurora...25 inches at Franktown...and 19 inches
        at Littleton.  Snowfall totaled 18.7 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport with most of the snow...18.0 inches...
        falling on the 5th.  Brighton received only 11 inches
        of new snow.  Boulder was drenched by rain and received
        no snow.  Precipitation from the storm totaled 3.06
        inches at Stapleton International Airport where north
        winds gusted to 28 mph.  The heavy wet snow snapped many
        tree limbs...which fell on power and phone lines causing
        many outages.  Numerous highways were closed.  Two thousand
        travelers were stranded at Stapleton International
        Airport where only one runway was open for a time.  Many
        flights were canceled.  One home in Denver was severely
        damaged when its roof collapsed under the weight of the
        heavy snow.  The 2.68 inches of precipitation on the 5th
        was the greatest calendar day precipitation ever recorded
        in the city during March.  The 2.79 inches of precipitation
        on the 4th and 5th was the greatest 24 hour precipitation
        ever measured during March.
5     In 1887...the longest snow-free period on record...232 days...
        began.  The last measurable snowfall of the season...0.1
        inch...occurred on the 4th.  The first measurable snow of
        the next season...0.3 inch...occurred on October 23rd.
      In 1900...northwest winds were sustained to 51 mph with gusts
        to 60 mph.  The strong bora winds warmed the temperature
        to a high of 44 degrees.
      In north winds were sustained to 44 mph
        with gusts as high as 54 mph.  The cold front also produced
        a thunderstorm.
      In 1990...the southern portion of metro Denver was hit by a
        line of thunderstorms.  Heavy rain...0.90 to 2.40 inches...
        and pea to marble size hail piled to a depth of 2 to 3
        inches over portions of northern and eastern Douglas and
        western Arapahoe counties.  Thunderstorm winds to 50 mph
        were clocked at Centennial Airport.  Thunderstorm rainfall
        was 0.62 inch at Stapleton International Airport.
5-6   In 1935...3.0 inches of snow fell in downtown Denver.  This
        was the only measurable snow of the month.  Northwest
        winds gusted to 29 mph on the 5th.
      In 1940...heavy snowfall totaled 9.1 inches over downtown
        Denver.  North winds gusted to 22 mph.
      In 2000...high winds developed in and near the foothills
        just prior to the passage of an upper level storm system
        moving in from the west.  Peak gusts from the windstorm
        included:  88 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric
        Research near Boulder...82 mph in Boulder...80 mph at the
        National Wind Technology Center south of Boulder...79 mph
        on Rocky Flats...and 71 mph in Golden Gate Canyon.
        Several power lines were downed causing a few brief
        outages.  Thunderstorms produced southeast wind gusts
        to 51 mph at Denver International Airport on the 5th.
      In 2003...high winds spread from the mountains down the
        eastern slopes.  The highest wind gusts were 85 mph
        atop the Gamow Tower on the University of Colorado
        campus in Boulder and 70 mph at the National Wind
        Technology Center on Rocky Flats west of Broomfield.
        West winds gusted to 44 mph at Denver International
        Airport on the 6th.

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