Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 240959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST TUE JAN 24 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
18-24 In 2005...a week of mid-winter unseasonably warm weather
pushed high temperatures into the 60`s or more on all
but one day. During the period...the highest temperature
of 70 degrees on the 20th was a new record maximum for
the date. Low temperatures remained above freezing on
4 of the days.
22-26 In 1948...the longest period of snowfall on record (92 hours
and 3 minutes) occurred in downtown Denver where a total of
13.6 inches of snow fell. At Stapleton Airport...19.0 inches
of snow fell...making it the heaviest snow in January and the
5th heaviest snow of record at that time. North winds were
sustained to a velocity of 23 mph on the 25th...but generally
the winds were light throughout the storm. The snow
disrupted traffic...but street clearing was begun soon after
it became apparent that the snow would be heavy. Over the
5 days...temperatures ranged from a high of 48 degrees on
the 22nd to a low of 1 degree on the 26th. Most readings
were in the teens and 20`s during the storm.
23-24 In 1921...heavy snowfall in downtown Denver totaled 8.0
inches overnight. Northwest winds were sustained to
22 mph with gusts to 25 mph on the 24th.
24 In 1887...west winds sustained to 44 mph warmed the
temperature to a high of 56 degrees in the city.
In 1890...northwest winds sustained to 48 mph with gusts to
60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 63 degrees.
In 1900...west winds were sustained to 44 mph with an
extreme velocity of 46 mph. The chinook winds warmed
the temperature to a high of 57 degrees.
In 1934...a trace of snowfall resulted in precipitation
of 0.01 inch in downtown Denver. This was the only
measurable amount of precipitation for the month...making
the month one of the driest January`s on record.
In 1956...west-northwest winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton
Airport. Strong and gusty winds persisted throughout the
In 1972...a west wind gust to 92 mph was recorded in Boulder
at the National Bureau of Standards...while in downtown
Boulder a wind gust to only 66 mph was measured. In
Denver...a car was demolished when the wind blew a traffic
light pole onto it...and a wooden wall at a construction
site was blown over damaging two cars. Northwest winds
gusted to 55 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1982...strong winds were again reported along the eastern
foothills. While the most damage occurred in the Fort
Collins area...Boulder did not entirely escape. Nine
planes were damaged at the Boulder airport along with
4 mobile homes and many cars in the Boulder area. A
school in Central City was damaged. A water tank in
Parker collapsed. The strongest wind gust recorded was
140 mph at Wondervu. Wind gusts reached 92 mph in Boulder.
Northwest wind gusts to 61 mph were recorded at Stapleton
In 1992...for the third day...high winds raked the eastern
foothills. Winds gusted to 105 mph at the National Center
for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. Several tractor
trailers were overturned along State Highway 93...between
Boulder and Golden. Traffic lights and signs were knocked
down in Boulder. Other wind reports included: 86 mph at
Rocky Flats...100 mph on Fritz Peak near Rollinsville...and
93 mph in north Boulder. West winds gusted to 37 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
24-25 In 1916...a trace of light rain...rare in Denver for January...
occurred on both days.
In 1946...high winds occurred in Boulder and along the
foothills to the north. A wind gust to 72 mph was recorded
In 1947...strong winds were measured in Boulder. Hourly wind
gusts averaged 72 mph at Valmont east of Boulder.
In 1950...heavy snowfall totaled 7.1 inches at Stapleton
Airport and 6.8 inches in downtown Denver.
24-26 In 1970...a wind gust to 122 mph was recorded at the National
Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on the 24th.
Winds also gusted to 109 mph at NCAR on the 26th. Most
winds were estimated between 60 and 70 mph in Boulder.
Damage...in most cases...was from broken windows and tree
limbs and downed power lines. A roof was blown off a
house in Eldorado Springs south of Boulder. A building
under construction was damaged in Boulder. Reported
damage totaled 25 hundred dollars in Boulder. Northwest
winds gusted to 47 mph at Stapleton International Airport
on the 24th. In Denver...the chinook winds warmed the
temperature to a record high of 68 degrees on the 24th.