Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 260859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT MON SEP 26 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
25-26 In 1908...apparent post-frontal rain changed to snow overnight
and totaled 6.5 inches in downtown Denver. This was the
first snow of the season. Precipitation totaled 0.76 inch.
North winds were sustained to 39 mph on the 25th.
25-27 In 1996...an early season snowstorm brought heavy snow
to the Front Range eastern foothills. Snowfall totals
included: 8 to 12 inches around Conifer...7 inches on
Floyd Hill...and 6 inches at both Bailey and Chief Hosa.
Snowfall totaled only 4.7 inches at the site of the
former Stapleton International Airport. This was the
first measurable snow of the season. After the passage
of a strong cold front...north winds gusted to 38 mph at
Denver International Airport on the 25th.
26 In 1907...a late afternoon thunderstorm produced hail...0.23
inch of precipitation...and north winds sustained to 24 mph.
In 1927...snowfall of 1.7 inches...mixed at times with sleet...
was the first measurable snowfall of the season.
In 2012...a man was seriously injured when he was struck by
lightning outside the Hebrew Educational Alliance as he
and his family were getting in their car. The victim
stopped breathing but was saved when his wife performed
cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him immediately
following the lightning strike. He suffered burns to 15
percent of his body which included his legs...chest...
abdomen and neck. Lightning also caused 48 outages in
Denver which affected 6582 Xcel Energy customers.
26-28 In 1936...the heaviest snowfall ever recorded in September
and the heaviest snowfall ever recorded so early in the
season dumped a total of 16.5 inches of snow on downtown
Denver and 21.3 inches at Denver Municipal Airport. The
15.0 inches of snow measured from 6:00 PM on the 27th to
6:00 PM on the 28th is the greatest 24 hour snowfall ever
recorded in September. This was the first snow of the
season. The snow was intermittent through the 26th...but
continuous from early afternoon on the 27th to around
midnight on the 28th...except for a period of rain during
the afternoon of the 28th which contributed to a loss of
depth on the ground. The greatest snow depth on the ground
downtown was 13 inches with 8 inches at Denver Municipal
Airport. There were no high winds with the storm and
traffic was interrupted for only a short period. The
storm produced property damage estimated at 7 million
dollars. With trees and shrubs in full foliage...the leaves
caught and held the heavy water-laden snow...until the
branches snapped from the weight. More than 3000 workmen
were called to remove the debris and snow from the city. The
city firemen who were off duty...as well as all the reserves...
were asked to report to their stations. All schools in the
city remained open...but attendance was only 50 percent of
normal. Grade school students were sent home at noon on the
28th. The early storm caught stockmen with many cattle still
in higher ranges. Warm weather followed the snow...which had
all melted by the end of the month...except for a few inches
in sheltered places.