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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
259 AM MDT SAT MAY 2 2015

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

29-2  IN 1954...A MAJOR STORM DUMPED 10.1 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT
        STAPLETON AIRPORT.  MOST OF THE SNOW...7.5 INCHES...FELL ON
        THE 29TH AND 30TH.  THE MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH ON THE GROUND
        WAS 5 INCHES ON THE 30TH DUE TO MELTING.  NO STRONG WINDS
        ACCOMPANIED THE STORM.
1-2   IN 1903...POST-FRONTAL RAIN CHANGED TO LIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT...
        BUT TOTALED ONLY 2.0 INCHES.  THIS WAS THE LAST SNOW OF
        THE SEASON.  NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 45 MPH
        WITH GUSTS TO 48 MPH ON THE 1ST.
1-5   IN 1898...SNOWFALL TOTALED 15.5 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN DENVER.
        MOST OF THE SNOW...6.2 INCHES...FELL ON THE 3RD.  MOST OF
        THE SNOW MELTED AS IT FELL.  THE GREATEST SNOW DEPTH ON
        THE GROUND WAS ONLY 2.5 INCHES ON THE 3RD AT 8:00 PM.
        THIS WAS THE ONLY SNOWFALL DURING THE MONTH.  NORTHEAST
        WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 22 MPH ON THE 1ST.
2     IN 1874...STRONG WINDS UPSET TWO RAILROAD PASSENGER COACHES
        NEAR GEORGETOWN.  THE BAGGAGE WAS RETRIEVED AND PLACED IN
        A HEAVY...LARGE WAGON.  THE PASSENGERS THEN SEATED
        THEMSELVES ON TOP OF THE BAGGAGE.  ANOTHER STRONG GUST
        OF WIND UPSET THE WAGON.  THE DRIVER`S SHOULDER WAS
        DISLOCATED...AND A PASSENGER`S LEG WAS BADLY INJURED.
        IN DENVER...NORTHWEST WINDS INCREASED AND BLEW IN GUSTS
        AND HEAVY WINDS WERE OBSERVED ON THE RIDGE TOPS.  ON
        THE KANSAS PACIFIC R.R. EAST OF DENVER...THE WIND WAS SO
        STRONG THAT IT BLEW THE TRAIN BACK SEVERAL LENGTHS...WHICH
        CAUSED THE TRAIN TO BE ABOUT 7 HOURS LATE ARRIVING IN
        THE CITY.
      IN 1901...SOUTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 50 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
        60 MPH FROM AN APPARENT THUNDERSTORM WITH HAIL.
      IN 1944...SNOWFALL OF 8.3 INCHES WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A
        THUNDERSTORM.  THIS WAS THE LAST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON
        AND THE ONLY SNOW OF THE MONTH.  NORTHWEST WINDS WERE
        SUSTAINED TO 25 MPH.
      IN 1955...SOUTHWEST WINDS AT SPEEDS OF 37 MPH WITH GUSTS AS
        HIGH AS 58 MPH CAUSED SOME BLOWING DUST AT STAPLETON
        AIRPORT.
      IN 1983...1 INCH DIAMETER HAIL FELL A FEW MILES SOUTH OF
        BENNETT.
      IN 1984...3/4 INCH DIAMETER HAIL FELL IN NORTHGLENN.
      IN 1988...I-70 EAST OF DENVER WAS CLOSED FOR THE SECOND
        STRAIGHT DAY...THIS TIME DUE TO SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW
        PRODUCING UP TO 2 FOOT DRIFTS.  WHILE ONLY 2 TO 4 INCHES
        OF SNOW FELL ACROSS METRO DENVER...STRASBURG...JUST EAST OF
        DENVER...RECEIVED A FOOT OF SNOW.  NORTH WINDS PEAKED TO
        51 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE SNOWFALL
        TOTALED ONLY 1.3 INCHES.
      IN 1995...LIGHTNING STRUCK A HOUSE IN WESTMINSTER SPARKING AN
        ATTIC FIRE.
2-3   IN 1979...HEAVY RAIN CHANGED TO SNOW ON THE 2ND.  SNOWFALL
        TOTALED 3.9 INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...
        WHERE NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 26 MPH.  THE GREATEST
        DEPTH OF SNOW ON THE GROUND WAS ONLY 1 INCH AT MIDDAY ON
        THE 2ND DUE TO MELTING.  TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE 2
        DAYS WAS 1.65 INCHES.
2-4   IN 1987...A SLOW MOVING STORM BROUGHT RAIN...WIND...AND SNOW
        TO METRO DENVER.  RAINFALL TOTALED 1.04 INCHES AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED
        TO 48 MPH ON THE 3RD.  THE FOOTHILLS RECEIVED 5 TO 10 INCHES
        OF SNOW.
2-5   IN 2001...A VERY SLOW MOVING PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM BECAME PARKED
        NEAR THE FOUR CORNERS REGION...WHICH ALLOWED HEAVY SNOW TO
        DEVELOP ABOVE 6500 FEET IN THE FOOTHILLS WITH A MIX OF RAIN
        AND SNOW OVER LOWER ELEVATIONS OF METRO DENVER.  SNOWFALL
        TOTALS INCLUDED:  21 INCHES ATOP CROW HILL AND AT IDAHO
        SPRINGS; 19 INCHES NEAR BLACKHAWK; AND 18 INCHES IN COAL
        CREEK CANYON...GENESEE...AND 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MORRISON.
        SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.2 INCHES AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  PRECIPITATION (RAIN AND
        MELTED SNOW) TOTALED 2.09 INCHES AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 30 MPH ON THE 2ND.

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