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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 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 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.

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