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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
        Nederland.
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.

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