Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 160959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST MON JAN 16 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
13-16 In 1888...a cold air mass settled over the city and caused
temperatures to plunge well below zero on four consecutive
days...but only one temperature record was set. Minimum
temperatures dipped to 4 degrees below zero on the 13th...
19 degrees below zero on the 14th...20 degrees below zero
on the 15th...and 11 degrees below zero on the 16th. The
maximum temperature of only 4 degrees below zero on the
14th was a record low maximum for the date. North winds
were sustained to 30 mph on the 13th.
14-21 In 1930...a protracted cold spell occurred when low temperatures
plunged below zero on 8 consecutive days. The coldest low
temperatures of 20 degrees below zero on the 17th and 19
degrees below zero on the 16th were record minimums for
the dates. High temperatures during the period ranged from
18 on the 18th to zero on the 20th. Two degrees on the
15th was a record low maximum temperature for the date.
15-16 In 1967...a major windstorm struck Boulder. The storm was
described at the time as the worst single windstorm in the
history of Boulder in terms of damage. Winds reached 125
mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and at
Boulder airport. Winds gusted to 84 mph downtown. Damage
totaled a half million dollars in Boulder where some minor
injuries were reported. At the Boulder Municipal Airport...
14 light airplanes were severely damaged. The second floor
of a warehouse was blown down...damaging two nearby moving
vans. A mobile home was blown over south of Boulder...
injuring one woman. The roof of a department store was
blown in. There was widespread damage to houses...autos...
and power lines from wind and flying debris. Strong winds
also occurred in Denver and Golden...but damage was only
minor. At Stapleton International Airport...west winds
gusted to 43 mph on the 15th and to 45 mph on the 16th.
In 1981...heavy snow of 6 to 10 inches accumulated across
metro Denver. Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where east winds gusted to 21 mph on
In 1991...a Pacific storm system moved across metro Denver.
Snowfall totaled 3 to 7 inches with 3 inches in Aurora...
Denver...and Castle Rock...4 inches in Arvada...and 7 inches
at South Platte Station just southwest of Denver.
Snowfall totaled only 2.9 inches at Stapleton International
Airport where north winds gusted to 21 mph on the 16th.
In 2001...heavy snow fell across the Front Range foothills
and urban corridor. The combination of careless driving
and snowpacked highways resulted in 3 multi-vehicle
accidents involving 30 vehicles...along I-25 in Douglas
County. Eleven people were injured and one was killed.
Snow amounts included: 11 inches in Evergreen; 10 inches
at Eldorado Springs and Genesee; 8 inches at Broomfield...
Ken Caryl Ranch...and Thornton; and 5 to 7 inches in
Arvada...Bailey...Crow Hill...Gross Reservoir...Lakewood...
Louisville...Westminster...and near Loveland. Snowfall
totaled 2.7 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
15-23 In 1962...a protracted cold spell kept metro Denver in the
deep freeze for more than a week. From the 15th thru the
23rd...low temperatures were zero or below for 9 consecutive
days...but a daily record low was set only on the 22nd when
the temperature dipped to 14 degrees below zero. A record
low maximum for the date was also set on the 22nd when the
temperature climbed to only 11 degrees. The coldest high
temperature was 3 degrees above zero on the 21st...which did
not break the record. The protracted cold was broken for
only a few hours on the afternoon of the 20th when chinook
winds warmed the temperature to a high of 38 degrees before
another surge of cold Arctic air plunged temperatures
back into the deep freeze that evening. The severe cold
caused much damage to water systems. A woman was frozen to
death at Morrison. There were other deaths attributable to
the weather...including traffic deaths and heart attacks
16 In 1911...a trace of rain fell...a rare event in January.
In 1935...rainfall was 0.01 inch during the afternoon...a
rare event in January.
In 1989...wind gusts to 80 mph were reported in southwest
Boulder. Winds reached 100 mph at Rollinsville in the
foothills southwest of Boulder. In Golden...the wind blew
a 25-foot trailer through a fence and flipped it over.
West winds gusted to 37 mph at Stapleton International
Airport where the chinook winds warmed the temperature
to a high of 49 degrees.
16-17 In 1886...a brief cold spell resulted in two temperature
records. High temperatures of zero degrees on the 16th
and 2 degrees below zero on the 17th were both record
low maximums for the dates. Low temperatures of
8 degrees below zero on the 16th and 16 degrees below
zero on the 17th were not records.
In 1930...temperatures plunging well below zero resulted
in two records. Low temperatures of 19 degrees below
zero on the 16th and 20 degrees below zero on the 17th
were record low temperatures for the dates. High
temperatures were 4 degrees on the 16th and 15 degrees
on the 17th. Light snowfall totaled 4.0 inches. North
winds were sustained to 18 mph on the 16th.
In 1964...high winds struck the eastern foothills. Gale
velocity winds were recorded in Boulder with gusts to 83
mph measured at Rocky Flats. Several airplanes were
damaged at the Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield.
Roofs...walls...and parts of buildings were blown away at
various locations. Power poles and trees were blown over.
16-18 In 1943...light snowfall totaled 3.2 inches over the 3 days.
This was the only measurable snow of the month. North
winds were sustained to 20 mph on the 16th.
In 2011...very strong winds associated with an upper level
jetstream over Colorado produced blizzard conditions in
the mountains above timberline. Peak wind gusts
included: 99 mph atop Loveland Pass...94 mph...2 miles
southwest of Mary Jane...80 mph atop Berthoud Pass and
79 mph atop Niwot Ridge. Storm totals in the ski areas
west of Denver ranged from 8 to 14 inches.