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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT THU SEP 7 2017

...Today in metro Denver weather history...

1-7   In 1978...the temperature reached 90 degrees or more on seven
        consecutive days with the highest temperature...94 degrees...
        recorded on both the 4th and 6th.
5-9   In 1988...layers of smoke aloft from large forest fires in
        Yellowstone National Park completely obliterated the sun
        at times.  At Stapleton International Airport...surface
        visibility was reduced at times to 5 and 6 miles in smoke.
5-13  In 2010...the Fourmile Canyon Wildfire...northwest of Boulder...
        broke out on the morning of the 5th.  It originated from
        an unattended fire pit at a local residence. The wildfire
        quickly consumed 5 1/2 square miles or 3500 acres the
        first day...and forced the evacuation of over three
        thousand residents.  Erratic 45-mph gusts sent the fire in
        two directions at times. Very dry weather conditions
        preceded the fire. The combination of strong winds...low
        relative humidities and dry fuels allowed the wildfire
        spread rapidly through the steep...heavily forested terrain.
        The flames were reportedly 20 to 50 feet in length.  Towns
        within the burn area included Salina...Wallstreet and Gold
        Hill. The dry conditions coupled with gusty winds ranging
        from 45 to 64 mph persisted for several more days. Fire
        managers used as many as 700 firefighters and support
        personnel from 35 agencies and seven air tankers to battle
        the wildfire.  A total of 6181 square acres or
        approximately 10 square miles were burned.  The Fourmile
        Canyon Wildfire was the most destructive fire in Colorado
        history in terms of the damage to personal property.  It
        destroyed 171 homes with an estimated cost of 217 million
7     In 1875...the creeks were running dangerously high during
        the night from heavy rains in the mountains.
      In 1885...a thunderstorm produced very white hail of irregular
        shape and about the size of beans.  Precipitation was
        only 0.10 inch.
      In 1971...a vigorous cold front accompanied by a thunderstorm
        produced wind gusts to 48 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport and much upslope cloudiness and light rain across
        metro Denver.
      In 1989...widespread thunderstorms produced lightning strikes
        that knocked out power to about 13 thousand homes in Boulder
        County.  In a rugged area stripped of vegetation by a forest
        fire earlier in July...heavy rain triggered mud slides that
        destroyed one home and severely damaged another in Boulder
        Canyon 10 miles west of Boulder.  In one home...the mud
        caved in an exterior wall and poured into the residence
        only seconds after 2 people had evacuated the premises.
        Rainfall totaled 1 to 3 inches.  Hail 1 3/4 inches in
        diameter fell in Nederland...Idaho Springs...and Golden
        Gate Canyon.  Hail 1 inch in diameter was measured 10
        miles north of Golden.
      In 1993...thunderstorm winds toppled an overhead sign onto
        the intersection of I-70 and I-25 in Denver...causing
        considerable damage to 4 vehicles.  The winds also caused
        a police car to be blown off the road northeast of Denver.
        Thunderstorm winds gusting to 66 mph damaged the siding of
        a residence southeast of Brighton.  A thunderstorm wind
        gust to 53 mph was recorded at Stapleton International
        Airport.  Hail to 7/8 inch in diameter fell at Kittredge
        in the foothills of Jefferson County.
      In 1994...lightning severely damaged a public television
        transmitter atop Squaw Mountain west of Denver.
7-8   In 1884...a windstorm from mid-afternoon until the early
        morning hours of the 8th produced south winds sustained
        to 48 mph.  The strong winds toppled several trees in
        the city.
      In 1892...there was a trace of rainfall each day.  This
        together with a trace of rain on both the 2nd and 3rd was
        the only rainfall of the month...making the month the driest
        on record.  The record was equaled in 1944.

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