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Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST MON JAN 30 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
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.
27-31 In 1951...a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow...8.3 inches...fell on
the 29th. Cold Arctic air accompanied the snow. Several
temperature records were set...including record low maximum
temperatures of 4 on the 28th and 4 below zero on the 29th
and record low temperatures of 12 below zero on the 29th
and 24 below zero on the 31st. Temperatures were below
zero for 45 consecutive hours.
28-30 In 1887...winds were strong and gusty for three days in the
city. West and northwest winds were sustained to 56 mph
on both the 28th and 29th and to 44 mph on the 30th.
Temperatures warmed to a high of 57 degrees on the 29th.
29-30 In 1985...an Arctic air mass with snow closed I-70 for a time
in Denver and east of Denver. Snowfall totaled 5.4 inches
at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 29 mph on the 29th.
29-31 In 1883...a major winter storm dumped 19.3 inches of snow on
downtown Denver. Most of the snow...12.2 inches...fell
on the 31st. This was the heaviest snowfall to hit the
city in years. Temperatures plunged from a high of 52
degrees on the 29th to a low of 13 degrees on the 31st.
Precipitation from the storm totaled 2.23 inches. The
1.22 inches of precipitation on the 31st was the greatest
calendar day and 24 hour precipitation ever recorded in
the city during the month of January.
30 In 1886...west winds were sustained to 42 mph and were the
strongest winds of the month that year. The winds warmed
the temperature to a high of 52 degrees in the city.
In 1890...west winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to
48 mph in the city.
In 1971...a wind gust to 102 mph was recorded in Boulder at
the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Elsewhere in
Boulder...winds gusted to 76 mph. Northwest winds gusting
to 46 mph at Stapleton International Airport warmed
temperatures to a high of 66 degrees.
In 1976...a rapid moving cold front produced wind gusts
50 to 70 mph causing visibilities to be reduced to
less than 1/2 mile in blowing dust for 1 to 2 hours
closing some major highways. A north wind gust to 55 mph
was recorded at Stapleton International Airport.
In 2003...strong winds developed in and near the foothills.
Recorded wind gusts included: 86 mph near Rollinsville...
76 mph in Evergreen...and 75 mph in central Boulder.
West winds gusted to 43 mph at Denver International
30-31 In 1908...an apparent strong cold front plunged temperatures
45 degrees in 24 hours from 47 degrees at noon on the 30th
to only 2 degrees at noon on the 31st. North winds were
sustained to 30 mph on the 30th. Snowfall was only 0.8
inch on the 31st.
In 1965...a major storm dumped 10.4 inches of snow over
metro Denver. After 5 inches of snow fell in Boulder...
strong chinook winds developed...warming the temperature
25 degrees in 90 minutes. Wind gusts to 97 mph were
recorded on Table Mountain in Boulder. Winds gusts to
53 mph were measured in downtown Boulder where some
damage occurred. Minor wind damage also occurred in
western suburbs of Denver. West winds gusted to 51 mph
at Stapleton International Airport on the 31st.
In 2005...a winter storm brought heavy snow to the Front
Range foothills. Storm totals included: 17 inches at
Aspen Springs...13 inches 7 miles southwest of Boulder
and at Lake Eldora...12.5 inches near Blackhawk...11.5
inches at Rollinsville and near Nederland...11 inches
near Evergreen and Golden and at Gross Reservoir...and
10 inches at Cabin Creek. Lesser amounts of snow fell
over the city. Only 1.9 inches of snow were measured
overnight at Denver Stapleton. North winds gusted to
30 mph at Denver International Airport...where freezing
fog during the early morning of the 30th reduced the
surface visibility to as low as 1/8 mile. Light rainfall...
rare in January...totaled 0.06 inch at Denver Stapleton on
the early morning of the 30th.
30-7 In 1985...a cold front on the 29th produced a protracted cold
spell as Arctic air remained entrenched across metro Denver.
While the only daily temperature record set was a low
maximum reading of 2 degrees on February 3rd...minimum
temperatures plunged well below zero on 9 consecutive days.
The coldest readings were 15 degrees below zero on January
31st and 14 degrees below zero on February 5th.