Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 080959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST WED MAR 8 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
6-8 In 1932...snowfall totaled 6.3 inches in downtown Denver.
Most of the snow...5.2 inches...fell on the 8th. Northeast
winds gusted to 20 mph on the 6th.
7-8 In 1878...snow from the evening of the 7th until noon of
the 8th totaled only 5 inches in downtown Denver.
Apparent heavier snow over the plains along with strong
winds drifted the snow into high drifts...which delayed
trains for several days and caused a great loss of
livestock. Melting of the snow caused a rise in Cherry
Creek...which resulted in much damage. Precipitation
from the storm totaled only 0.50 inch in Denver.
In 2000...high winds developed in and near the Front Range
foothills...as well as parts of the northeast Colorado
plains as another Pacific storm system moved across the
area. Several trees and power lines were downed near
Blackhawk...Boulder...and in Coal Creek Canyon. About
30 homes in the Pinebrook Hills subdivision in Boulder
were evacuated when downed power lines sparked a
grassfire. The winds eventually shifted the fire onto
itself...thus allowing firefighters to contain the two
acre blaze. Several roofs were blown off barns...sheds...
and garages. Two semi-trailers were blown over...one
along C-470 between Golden and Morrison and another
north of Denver on I-25. Wind gusts reached 101 mph
on Rocky Flats...100 mph at the nearby National Wind
Technology Center...90 mph at Blackhawk and atop Blue
Mountain...92 mph in south Boulder...73 mph in Coal Creek
Canyon...72 mph in Golden...and 70 mph at Louisville.
Northwest winds gusted to 45 mph on the 7th and to
49 mph on the 8th at Denver International Airport.
8 In 1878...winds started to increase at 4:00 AM and blew
steadily at sustained speeds of 36 to 40 mph with a
maximum sustained speed of 60 mph around 11:00 AM.
Snowfall of 5.0 inches occurred in the city...but much
more snow fell on the plains...which blockaded trains
bound for the city for several days.
In 1898...northwest winds sustained to 53 mph with gusts
to 60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 67 degrees.
In 1908...light snowfall of 0.8 inch produced only 0.01 inch
of precipitation. This along with the 0.10 inch of
precipitation on the 21st resulted in the driest March
on record with a total of 0.11 inch of precipitation.
In 1986...temperatures climbed from a record high minimum of
45 degrees to a record maximum of 72 degrees for the day.
In 2005...a vigorous cold front moved a wall of blowing dust
across metro Denver during the mid-morning. At Denver
International Airport...north winds sustained to 48 mph
with gusts as high as 55 mph...along with very light rain
which changed to snow...briefly reduced the surface
visibility to 1 mile. A thunderstorm formed over Arvada.
With the passage of the cold front...the temperature plunged
11 degrees in just 16 minutes at Denver International
Airport where precipitation was only 0.01 inch along with
0.1 inch of snow.
8-9 In 1992...a major blizzard struck metro Denver. The storm
was preceded by thunderstorms with small hail during the
afternoon of the 8th. By evening...with the passage of a
strong Arctic cold front...snow began falling. Strong north
to northeast winds at 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 52 mph
produced near zero visibilities in blizzard conditions
across metro Denver. By the morning of the 9th...snowfall
amounts up to a foot and a half were reported with drifts
of 2 to 4 feet. Many roads were closed including I-70 east
of Denver and I-25 both north and south of Denver. Many
homes and stores were temporarily without power. Snowfall
amounts included: 18 inches at Conifer...13 inches in
Boulder and Denver...12 inches at Brighton and Morrison...and
10 inches at Aurora. Snowfall totaled 12.4 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusting
as high as 52 mph reduced the visibility to zero at times
in heavy snow and blowing snow.
In 2002...high winds occurred in the foothills west of Denver.
Winds gusted to 95 mph near Fritz Peak and to 73 mph near
8-10 In 1989...unusually warm weather set four daily temperature
records in Denver. The high temperature of 74 degrees on
the 8th exceeded the record. Records were equaled on the
9th with a high of 77 degrees and the 10th with a high of
79 degrees. The low temperature of 42 degrees on the 10th
set a new record high minimum for the date.