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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST THU NOV 23 2017

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

21-23 In snowfall totaled 5.9 inches in downtown
        Denver.  Most of the snow...5.3 inches...fell on the 22nd.
        North winds were sustained to 20 mph on the 21st.
      In 1931...a major storm dumped a total of 13.2 inches of
        snowfall over downtown Denver.  Most of the snow...11.4
        inches...fell on the 21st.  A very cold air mass settled
        over the city after the heavy snow on the 21st.  After a
        low temperature of zero...the temperature climbed to a high
        of only 5 degrees on the 22nd...a record low maximum for the
21-25 In 1952...snowfall of 6.2 inches was measured at Stapleton
        Airport where northeast winds gusted to 17 mph on the
22-23 In 1953...strong winds raked Boulder causing 18 thousand
        dollars in damage.  Wind gusts to 80 mph were recorded at
        Valmont and estimated to 80 mph at the Boulder airport.
23    In 1899...a trace of snow fell in the city.  This...together
        with a trace of precipitation on the 16th and 21st...was the
        only precipitation of the month...making the month the driest
        on record.  The record was equaled in November of 1901 and
        1949.  This trace of snow along with a trace of snow on the
        21st was the only snow of the month...ranking the month the
        2nd least snowiest on record.  This record was equaled in
        November of 1884...1901...1905...1917...and 1939.
      In 1901...northwest winds were sustained to 45 mph with gusts
        to 53 mph.  The chinook winds warmed the temperature to a
        high of 70 degrees.
      In 1910...west winds were sustained to 42 mph.  The chinook
        winds warmed the temperature to a high of 67 degrees.
      In 1959...west-northwest winds gusted to 56 mph...briefly
        reducing the visibility to 3 miles in blowing dust at
        Stapleton Airport.
      In 1998...winds...estimated as high as 58 mph...caused
        several wood trusses installed in a police station
        under construction in Castle Rock to collapse.  A
        construction worker on the roof received minor injuries
        when he was struck by one of the trusses.  Southeast
        winds gusted to 38 mph at Denver International Airport.
23-24 In 1992...a pre-Thanksgiving blizzard belted metro Denver.
        Gusty north to northeast winds at 30 to 40 mph caused
        near-whiteout conditions as visibilities were often below
        1/4 mile.  The strong winds drove snow into drifts of more
        than 4 feet.  Hundreds of holiday travelers were stranded
        when airlines canceled flights at Stapleton International
        Airport where snowfall totaled 7.6 inches and north winds
        gusted to 37 mph.  Blizzard conditions began around mid-
        morning on the 23rd and ended by mid-afternoon...but heavy
        snow fell through the night.  Snowfall totaled:  12 inches
        at Conifer...Morrison...and Wheat Ridge; 19 inches at
        Littleton; 16 inches at Castle Rock; 9 inches in Brighton;
        8 inches in Aurora; and 6 inches in Parker.
      In 1993...a moist upper level disturbance dumped heavy snow
        over most of Colorado.  Snowfall amounts averaged 5 to 8
        inches across metro Denver.  Snowfall totaled 4.6 inches
        at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
        gusted to only 20 mph on the 23rd.  The very cold air
        mass caused the temperature to dip to a record low of 8
        degrees below zero on the 24th.  The temperature that day
        climbed to only 9 degrees...also setting a record low
        maximum for the date.

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