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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST THU DEC 14 2017

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

2-17  In 1939...more than 2 weeks of unseasonably warm weather
        made the month the 3rd warmest on record.  Seven daily
        temperature records were set...including the all time
        record high temperature for the month of 79 degrees on
        the 5th.  Daytime highs were balmy with 14 days in the
        60`s and 70`s.  Low temperatures dipped to freezing or
        below on only 5 days.  The period was dry with only a
        trace of snow on the 12th.
3-15  In 1972...a protracted cold spell held an icy grip on metro
        Denver when maximum temperatures never reached above
        freezing for 10 consecutive days from the 3rd through
        the 12th and minimum temperatures dipped below zero on
        eleven consecutive days from the 5th through the 15th.
        Daily low temperature records were set with 15 degrees
        below zero on the 5th...17 degrees below zero on the 6th...
        and 18 degrees below zero on the 10th.  Daily record low
        maximum readings were set with 3 degrees on the 6th and
        6 degrees on the 9th.  The very cold temperatures were
        caused by 3 to 5 inches of snow cover and a Canadian air
12-15 In 1921...downslope chinook winds produced warm temperatures
        in the city...which resulted in 4 temperature records.
        High temperatures of 72 degrees on the 13th and 68 degrees
        on the 15th were record maximums for the dates.  Low
        temperatures of 47 degrees on both the 12th and 13th were
        record high minimums for the dates.  West winds were
        sustained to 38 mph on the 12th and to 25 mph on the
13-14 In 1902...heavy snowfall totaled 6.4 inches in the city
        overnight.  North winds were sustained to 18 mph with
        gusts to 20 mph on the 13th.
      In 1925...heavy apparent post-frontal snowfall totaled
        7.8 inches across downtown Denver.  Northwest winds
        were sustained to 34 mph with gusts to 42 on the 13th...
        and north winds were sustained to 33 mph with gusts to
        38 mph on the 14th.
      In 1951...heavy snowfall totaled 5.9 inches at Stapleton
      In 1987...a snowstorm dropped 2 to 8 inches of snow along the
        Front Range foothills.  Eight to 12 inches fell just south
        of Denver.  Icy streets and highways contributed to many
        traffic accidents across metro Denver and flights were
        delayed at Stapleton International Airport where 2.7
        inches of snow fell and northeast winds gusted to 17 mph.
      In 1991...high winds pummeled metro Denver.  Wind gusts to 93
        mph were recorded at Rollinsville.  Wind speeds across metro
        Denver were generally 35 to 50 mph.  Northwest winds gusted
        to 48 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 13th.
14    In intrusion of cold air resulted in temperatures
        remaining below zero.  The high temperature of one degree
        below zero was a record low maximum for the date.  The low
        temperature was 11 degrees below zero.  North winds were
        sustained to 17 mph.
      In 1985...a wind gust to 61 mph was recorded at Table Mesa in
      In 1996...high winds gusting from 60 to nearly 80 mph moved
        off the Front Range foothills and over the northeast
        Colorado plains in the wake of a fast moving cold front.
        The strongest wind gusts included 79 mph at Golden Gate
        Canyon and 70 mph near Table Mesa in southwest Boulder.
        At Denver International Airport...west-northwest winds
        gusted to only 39 mph.
14-15 In 1988...a snow storm again whitened metro Denver.
        Snowfall along the Front Range was in the 6 to 12 inch
        range.  Snowfall totaled 5.8 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where north winds gusted to 38 mph.
      In 1990...high winds howled across metro Denver behind a
        strong Pacific cold front.  Boulder was hardest hit by the
        high winds.  A wind gust to 120 mph was recorded in south
        Boulder where winds stripped the roof off a garage...a
        vacant gas station...and a house under construction.
        Elsewhere in Boulder...several trees were blown down.  In
        Boulder Canyon...the winds toppled two cinder block walls on
        a house under construction.  Four Boulder County women were
        treated for injuries caused by the wind.  The injuries were
        confined to a broken wrist...a mild concussion...bruises...and
        facial cuts.  Two semi-tractor trailers were blown over by
        the fierce winds south of Boulder.  Another truck rollover
        occurred southeast of Golden.  Drivers of all three trucks
        suffered only cuts and bruises.  Several vehicles were
        trapped in a blinding dust storm on the Denver-Boulder
        Turnpike near Broomfield.  Drivers were forced to stop
        along the highway for several minutes during the storm and
        witness their vehicles being pelted with sand and gravel.
        A wind gust to 97 mph was recorded in Golden.  High winds
        were also reported in Arvada...Boulder...and Lakewood.  Winds
        toppled a number of utility poles and wooden fences...blew
        out windows...and caused structural damage to a large
        apartment complex on the west side of Golden.  Wind gusts
        of 70 to 100 mph caused considerable damage to several
        large billboards north of well as damaging the
        paint...trim...and glass on numerous vehicles in the area.
        A west wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at Stapleton
        International Airport.

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