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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
259 AM MST TUE FEB 24 2015

...TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

22-29 IN 1960...HEAVY SNOWFALL OF 6.1 INCHES AT STAPLETON AIRPORT ON
        THE 22ND AND 23RD MARKED THE BEGINNING OF A PROTRACTED COLD
        SPELL WHICH LASTED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.  THE CLOUDY...
        COLD WEATHER WAS ACCOMPANIED BY OCCASIONAL LIGHT SNOW OR
        FLURRIES AND FOG.  NEW RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES FOR THE DATES
        WERE SET ON THE 24TH THRU THE 29TH WITH THE LOWEST
        TEMPERATURE OF 11 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 28TH.  THE
        SEVEN CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF LOW TEMPERATURES OF ZERO OR BELOW
        HAD BEEN EXCEEDED IN DURATION ONLY 4 TIMES PREVIOUSLY.  NEW
        LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES FOR THE DATES WERE SET ON THE 23RD...
        24TH...AND THE 26TH THRU THE 29TH WITH THE LOWEST MAXIMUM
        TEMPERATURE OF 8 DEGREES RECORDED ON THE 26TH.
23-24 IN 1935...NORTHWEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 37 MPH WITH GUSTS AS
        HIGH AS 47 MPH PRODUCED CONSIDERABLE BLOWING DUST BEHIND
        A COLD FRONT ON THE 23RD.  THE DUST WAS DAMPENED BY 7.0
        INCHES OF SNOWFALL OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER FROM THE LATE
        EVENING OF THE 23RD THROUGH THE EVENING OF THE 24TH.
      IN 1997...HEAVY SNOW FELL IN THE FOOTHILLS.  SNOWFALL TOTALS
        INCLUDED 8 INCHES AT SUNSHINE CANYON NORTHWEST OF BOULDER...
        AND 6 INCHES AT MORRISON.  SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 2.4 INCHES
        AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
        EAST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 22 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT ON THE 23RD.
23-25 IN 1912...A SEVERE WINTER STORM DUMPED 14.2 INCHES OF SNOWFALL
        OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER.  SNOW FELL CONTINUOUSLY FROM 9:40 AM
        ON THE 23RD UNTIL 9:15 PM ON THE 25TH WITH MOST OF THE SNOW...
        9.2 INCHES...ON THE 24TH.  TEMPERATURES WERE MOSTLY IN THE
        20`S.  NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 20 MPH ON THE 24TH.
24    IN 1908...A DUSTSTORM OCCURED IN THE CITY FROM MID-MORNING
        THROUGH MID-DAY.  NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED FROM 30 TO
        35 MPH.
      IN 1927...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH WITH AN
        EXTREME VELOCITY TO 46 MPH.
      IN 1924...FOG DEPOSITED A LIGHT COATING OF GLAZE...WHICH WAS
        VERY THIN AND ONLY ACCUMULATED ON THE WINDWARD SIDE OF
        COLD OBJECTS.  STREETS AND SIDEWALKS BECAME SLIPPERY.
      IN 1956...A STRONG COLD FRONT PRODUCED NORTH WIND GUSTS TO 54
        MPH...BUT LEFT ONLY 2.0 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT STAPLETON
        AIRPORT.
      IN 1959...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 7.5 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        AIRPORT...WHERE NORTH-NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 18 MPH.
      IN 1968...WEST-NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 49 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE STRONG CHINOOK WINDS WARMED THE
        MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE TO 61 DEGREES...THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE
        OF THE MONTH THAT YEAR.
      IN 1986...WIND GUSTS TO 65 MPH WERE REPORTED AT TABLE MESA IN
        BOULDER.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 28 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 70
        DEGREES EQUALED THE RECORD FOR THE DATE.
      IN 1991...THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH TOTALED
        ONLY 0.8 INCH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE
        NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 28 MPH.  THE LIGHT SNOW FELL FOR MOST
        OF THE DAY.
      IN 1994...HIGH WINDS RAKED THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS.  WIND SPEEDS
        OF 70 TO 80 MPH WERE COMMON.  WIND GUSTS TO 110 MPH WERE
        RECORDED AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
        IN SOUTH BOULDER...WHILE IN NORTH BOULDER WINDS GUSTED TO
        95 MPH.  THE STRONG WINDS BLEW THE ROOF OFF A BUILDING AT
        RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN LAKEWOOD...CAUSING THE
        EVACUATION OF ABOUT 1500 PEOPLE.  A SEMI-TRAILER AND A
        DELIVERY TRUCK WERE OVERTURNED.  IN LAKEWOOD...A HOME UNDER
        CONSTRUCTION WAS DESTROYED BY THE WINDS.  THERE WERE
        NUMEROUS REPORTS OF VEHICLES DAMAGED BY FLYING DEBRIS...AND
        MANY AUTOMOBILE WINDSHIELDS WERE SHATTERED.  WEST WIND GUSTS
        TO 47 MPH WERE RECORDED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2013...A STORM SYSTEM NEAR THE FOUR CORNERS REGION PRODUCED
        HEAVY UPSLOPE SNOWFALL IN AND NEAR THE FRONT RANGE WITH
        BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FURTHER EAST AS IT MADE ITS WAY ACROSS
        SOUTHERN COLORADO. IN THE FRONT RANGE MOUNTAINS AND
        FOOTHILLS STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 27 INCHES NEAR PINECLIFFE;
        24 INCHES...13 MILES NORTHWEST OF GOLDEN; 20 INCHES NEAR
        GENESEE; 17 INCHES NEAR CONIFER; 15 INCHES NEAR JAMESTOWN;
        14 INCHES...JUST SOUTHWEST OF ELDORADO SPRINGS; 12.5 INCHES
        NEAR ASPEN SPRINGS; 12 INCHES NEAR EVERGREEN AND WARD; 10
        INCHES AT ELDORA SKI AREA; WITH 8 INCHES NEAR GROSS
        RESERVOIR...IDAHO SPRINGS AND NEDERLAND. ACROSS THE URBAN
        CORRIDOR STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 12 INCHES IN AURORA; 11.5
        INCHES NEAR HIGHLANDS RANCH; 11 INCHES IN LAKEWOOD; 10.5
        INCHES JUST NORTH OF LONGMONT AND WESTMINSTER; 10 INCHES IN
        LONE TREE AND THORNTON; 8.5 INCHES IN AURORA...6 MILES
        SOUTHWEST OF DENVER AND NEAR LOVELAND; 8 INCHES AT BOULDER...
        BROOMFIELD...AND RALSTON RESERVOIR; 7.5 INCHES NEAR
        FREDERICK...WITH 7 INCHES AT COMMERCE CITY. THE STORM
        PROMPTED THE CANCELLATION OF 200 FLIGHTS IN AND OUT OF
        DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  OFFICIALLY...THE STORM
        SYSTEM PRODUCED 9.1 INCHES OF SNOW AT DIA WHICH ESTABLISHED
        A NEW DAILY SNOWFALL RECORD IN DENVER FOR THE DATE.  ALONG
        AND SOUTH OF THE I-70 CORRIDOR AND EAST OF DENVER...THE
        COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG WIND PRODUCED BLIZZARD
        CONDITIONS.  STORM TOTALS INCLUDED:  14 INCHES...10 MILES
        SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF BUCKLEY AFB...10.5 INCHES...8 MILES
        SOUTHEAST OF WATKINS; WITH 6 INCHES NEAR BYERS. NORTHERLY
        WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH WERE COMMON WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.
        AT DIA...A PEAK WIND GUST OF 32 MPH WAS OBSERVED.

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