Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 150859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SUN MAY 15 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
14-15 In 1977...high winds up to 100 mph felled hundreds of trees in
Gilpin County and caused extensive damage to telephone and
power lines. Lumber and steel tanks were blown around in
Boulder Canyon. West winds gusted to 46 mph at Stapleton
International Airport on the 15th.
14-18 In 1996...a period of unusually warm weather resulted in
4 record maximum temperatures in 5 days. The record high
temperatures were 87 degrees on the 14th...89 degrees on
the 15th...and 93 degrees on both the 16th and 18th. The
temperature climbed to only 81 degrees on the 17th which
was not a record.
15 In 1894...southwest winds were sustained to 38 mph with gusts
to 50 mph.
In 1910...an apparent cold front produced sustained northeast
winds to 48 mph.
In 1986...a thunderstorm dumped an inch of rain in an hour
over the eastern part of Aurora. Total rainfall from the
storm was 1.62 inches.
In 1989...a 47 year old man...a Lakewood police officer...was
struck and injured by lightning. Small hail piled up 3
to 4 inches deep near Golden. There was reported street
flooding from heavy thunderstorm rains over western metro
Denver. Rainfall totaled 0.76 inch at Stapleton
In 1990...a thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 69 mph at
Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield. Thunderstorm winds
gusting to 49 mph at Stapleton International Airport
produced some blowing dust.
In 1991...a funnel cloud was sighted near Morrison. Later...
hail up to 2 inches deep covered U.S. Highway 285 at South
Turkey Creek Road in west metro Denver. Baseball size hail
was reported on the east side of Littleton. Dime size hail
was reported in Boulder.
In 1993...lightning started a fire which damaged a home in
Boulder. No one was injured.
In 1997...a wind gust to 58 mph was recorded at the site
of the former Stapleton International Airport. A street
sign was blown down at the Havana Street exit along I-70.
In 1999...lightning ignited a small fire in a 3-story
structure in Sunshine Canyon above Boulder. The fire
was quickly extinguished and caused only minor damage.
In 2003...thunderstorms produced very heavy rainfall and
localized flash flooding in the foothills of central
Boulder County. Rainfall ranged from 1.5 to 2.5 inches
in less than 2 hours. Water ranging in depth from 6 to 9
inches covered State Highway 119 in Boulder Canyon. Dirt
and rocks also washed over the roadway. Some basements
were flooded in the Sugarloaf area. Rockslides were also
reported at Boulder Falls...Lefthand Canyon...and Fourmile
15-16 In 1957...heavy snowfall totaled 8.8 inches at Stapleton
Airport. The greatest amount on the ground was 3 inches.
In 1986...a spring storm dumped 1 to 2 inches of rain over
metro Denver...but 2.71 inches fell at Buckley Field in
Aurora. Rainfall only totaled 0.84 inch at Stapleton
International Airport. Snow fell in the foothills with
7 inches recorded in Coal Creek Canyon southwest of