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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 cold Arctic air surged back over
        the city.
      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
        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
        the 15th.
      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
        International Airport.
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
        from overexertion.

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