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Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 150959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN JAN 15 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
13-16 In 1888...a cold air mass settled over the city and caused
temperatures to plunge well below zero on four consecutive
days...but only one temperature record was set. Minimum
temperatures dipped to 4 degrees below zero on the 13th...
19 degrees below zero on the 14th...20 degrees below zero
on the 15th...and 11 degrees below zero on the 16th. The
maximum temperature of only 4 degrees below zero on the
14th was a record low maximum for the date. North winds
were sustained to 30 mph on the 13th.
14-15 In 1908...heavy post-frontal snowfall totaled 6.5 inches
overnight. North winds were sustained to 32 mph. The
temperature dropped 41 degrees in 24 hours from a reading
of 48 degrees at 8:00 PM on the 14th to only 7 degrees at
8:00 PM on the 15th.
In 1950...strong winds occurred in Boulder and Louisville.
Winds in excess of 60 mph were recorded at Valmont. Minor
damage was reported. Southwest winds gusted to 50 mph
at Stapleton Airport.
In 1959...a total of 5.5 inches of snow fell at Stapleton
In 1992...snow spread from the mountains across metro Denver.
The heaviest snow was across the northern portion of the
area where 7 inches fell at Thornton. At Stapleton
International Airport...only 3.4 inches of snowfall were
recorded and northeast winds gusting to 37 mph caused
some blowing snow on the 14th.
In 1999...high winds howled across metro Denver. In Commerce
City...strong winds toppled 3 utility poles resulting in a
power outage to 600 homes. High wind reports included:
108 mph at Wondervu...80 mph at the Hiwan Golf Course in
Evergreen...76 mph at Aspen Springs...75 mph at the Jefferson
County Airport near Broomfield...74 mph in Boulder...and 70
mph at Georgetown. West to northwest winds gusted to 48
mph...the highest wind gust of the month...and warmed the
temperature to a high of 60 degrees at Denver International
Airport on the 15th.
14-21 In 1930...a protracted cold spell occurred when low temperatures
plunged below zero on 8 consecutive days. The coldest low
temperatures of 20 degrees below zero on the 17th and 19
degrees below zero on the 16th were record minimums for
the dates. High temperatures during the period ranged from
18 on the 18th to zero on the 20th. Two degrees on the
15th was a record low maximum temperature for the date.
15 In 1875...the wind backed from the southwest to the northeast
before noon. The temperature fell 48 degrees in one hour...
from a high of 52 degrees to only 4 degrees between
11:30 AM and 12:30 PM...as cold Arctic air surged back over
In 1888...the low temperature dipped to 20 degrees below
In 1906...southwest winds were sustained to 44 mph.
In 1921...south winds were sustained to 44 mph with gusts to
48 mph. The winds warmed the temperature to a high of
63 degrees. The low temperature of only 47 degrees was a
record high minimum for the date.
In 1943...strong chinook winds struck the Front Range
foothills. Wind gusts to 96 mph were recorded at Valmont
in east Boulder...with 90 mph measured at Boulder Airport.
Some damage occurred.
In 1976...strong chinook winds with peak gusts of 70 to 80 mph
were recorded along the foothills. Northwest winds gusted
to 46 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1982...a vigorous cold front plunged temperatures 22
degrees in an hour from 39 to 17 degrees. Strong northeast
winds at 30 mph with gusts to 46 mph...along with some snow
flurries...reduced the visibility to 1 mile in blowing dust
at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1987...heavy snow hit metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 10.3
inches at Stapleton International Airport...but amounts
across the area ranged from 3 inches in southeast Aurora
to 18 inches in the western and southwestern suburbs. Only
an inch of snow was measured at Castle Rock. A half foot to
a foot of snow fell in the foothills west of Denver and
Boulder. Some schools were closed due to the storm.
Temperatures hovered in the teens most of the day at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 30 mph.
In 1988...high winds were clocked in Boulder with a gust to 70
mph recorded at Table Mesa.
In 1998...strong winds developed in and near the Front Range
foothills. Winds gusted to 71 mph at Jefferson County
Airport near Broomfield. South-southwest winds gusted to
only 25 mph at Denver International Airport.
15-16 In 1967...a major windstorm struck Boulder. The storm was
described at the time as the worst single windstorm in the
history of Boulder in terms of damage. Winds reached 125
mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and at
Boulder airport. Winds gusted to 84 mph downtown. Damage
totaled a half million dollars in Boulder where some minor
injuries were reported. At the Boulder Municipal Airport...
14 light airplanes were severely damaged. The second floor
of a warehouse was blown down...damaging two nearby moving
vans. A mobile home was blown over south of Boulder...
injuring one woman. The roof of a department store was
blown in. There was widespread damage to houses...autos...
and power lines from wind and flying debris. Strong winds
also occurred in Denver and Golden...but damage was only
minor. At Stapleton International Airport...west winds
gusted to 43 mph on the 15th and to 45 mph on the 16th.
In 1981...heavy snow of 6 to 10 inches accumulated across
metro Denver. Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where east winds gusted to 21 mph on
In 1991...a Pacific storm system moved across metro Denver.
Snowfall totaled 3 to 7 inches with 3 inches in Aurora...
Denver...and Castle Rock...4 inches in Arvada...and 7 inches
at South Platte Station just southwest of Denver.
Snowfall totaled only 2.9 inches at Stapleton International
Airport where north winds gusted to 21 mph on the 16th.
In 2001...heavy snow fell across the Front Range foothills
and urban corridor. The combination of careless driving
and snowpacked highways resulted in 3 multi-vehicle
accidents involving 30 vehicles...along I-25 in Douglas
County. Eleven people were injured and one was killed.
Snow amounts included: 11 inches in Evergreen; 10 inches
at Eldorado Springs and Genesee; 8 inches at Broomfield...
Ken Caryl Ranch...and Thornton; and 5 to 7 inches in
Arvada...Bailey...Crow Hill...Gross Reservoir...Lakewood...
Louisville...Westminster...and near Loveland. Snowfall
totaled 2.7 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
15-23 In 1962...a protracted cold spell kept metro Denver in the
deep freeze for more than a week. From the 15th thru the
23rd...low temperatures were zero or below for 9 consecutive
days...but a daily record low was set only on the 22nd when
the temperature dipped to 14 degrees below zero. A record
low maximum for the date was also set on the 22nd when the
temperature climbed to only 11 degrees. The coldest high
temperature was 3 degrees above zero on the 21st...which did
not break the record. The protracted cold was broken for
only a few hours on the afternoon of the 20th when chinook
winds warmed the temperature to a high of 38 degrees before
another surge of cold Arctic air plunged temperatures
back into the deep freeze that evening. The severe cold
caused much damage to water systems. A woman was frozen to
death at Morrison. There were other deaths attributable to
the weather...including traffic deaths and heart attacks