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Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT MON MAY 2 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
29-2 In 1954...a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow...7.5 inches...fell on
the 29th and 30th. The maximum snow depth on the ground
was 5 inches on the 30th due to melting. No strong winds
accompanied the storm.
1-2 In 1903...post-frontal rain changed to light snow overnight...
but totaled only 2.0 inches. This was the last snow of
the season. Northeast winds were sustained to 45 mph
with gusts to 48 mph on the 1st.
1-5 In 1898...snowfall totaled 15.5 inches in downtown Denver.
Most of the snow...6.2 inches...fell on the 3rd. Most of
the snow melted as it fell. The greatest snow depth on
the ground was only 2.5 inches on the 3rd at 8:00 PM.
This was the only snowfall during the month. Northeast
winds were sustained to 22 mph on the 1st.
2 In 1874...strong winds upset two railroad passenger coaches
near Georgetown. The baggage was retrieved and placed in
a heavy...large wagon. The passengers then seated
themselves on top of the baggage. Another strong gust
of wind upset the wagon. The driver`s shoulder was
dislocated...and a passenger`s leg was badly injured.
In Denver...northwest winds increased and blew in gusts
and heavy winds were observed on the ridge tops. On
the Kansas Pacific R.R. east of Denver...the wind was so
strong that it blew the train back several lengths...which
caused the train to be about 7 hours late arriving in
In 1901...south winds were sustained to 50 mph with gusts to
60 mph from an apparent thunderstorm with hail.
In 1944...snowfall of 8.3 inches was accompanied by a
thunderstorm. This was the last snowfall of the season
and the only snow of the month. Northwest winds were
sustained to 25 mph.
In 1955...southwest winds at speeds of 37 mph with gusts as
high as 58 mph caused some blowing dust at Stapleton
In 1983...1 inch diameter hail fell a few miles south of
In 1984...3/4 inch diameter hail fell in Northglenn.
In 1988...I-70 east of Denver was closed for the second
straight day...this time due to snow and blowing snow
producing up to 2 foot drifts. While only 2 to 4 inches
of snow fell across metro Denver...Strasburg...just east of
Denver...received a foot of snow. North winds peaked to
51 mph at Stapleton International Airport where snowfall
totaled only 1.3 inches.
In 1995...lightning struck a house in Westminster sparking an
2-3 In 1979...heavy rain changed to snow on the 2nd. Snowfall
totaled 3.9 inches at Stapleton International Airport...
where northwest winds gusted to 26 mph. The greatest
depth of snow on the ground was only 1 inch at midday on
the 2nd due to melting. Total precipitation for the 2
days was 1.65 inches.
2-4 In 1987...a slow moving storm brought rain...wind...and snow
to metro Denver. Rainfall totaled 1.04 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 48 mph on the 3rd. The foothills received 5 to 10 inches
2-5 In 2001...a very slow moving Pacific storm system became parked
near the Four Corners region...which allowed heavy snow to
develop above 6500 feet in the foothills with a mix of rain
and snow over lower elevations of metro Denver. Snowfall
totals included: 21 inches atop Crow Hill and at Idaho
Springs; 19 inches near Blackhawk; and 18 inches in Coal
Creek Canyon...Genesee...and 11 miles southwest of Morrison.
Snowfall totaled 6.2 inches at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport. Precipitation (rain and
melted snow) totaled 2.09 inches at Denver International
Airport where north winds gusted to 30 mph on the 2nd.