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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
645 PM MST SAT DEC 20 2014

...THIS WEEK IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

17-24 IN 1924...A PROLONGED COLD SPELL OCCURRED AFTER MILD
        TEMPERATURES DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH.  MOST
        LOW TEMPERATURES DIPPED BELOW ZERO WITH THE COLDEST
        READING OF 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO OCCURRING ON THE 24TH.
        THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 5 DEGREES ON THE 18TH WAS
        A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE.
18-21 IN 2010...A WINTER STORM PRODUCED A 4-DAY PERIOD OF MODERATE TO
        HEAVY SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS.  THE COMBINATION OF STRONG WIND
        AND HEAVY SNOW FORCED THE CLOSURE OF SEVERAL MOUNTAIN PASSES
        DUE TO THE THREAT OF AVALANCHES.  THE AMTRACK TRAIN ROUTE...
        WHICH RUNS FROM DENVER TO CALIFORNIA...WAS REROUTED THROUGH
        WYOMING WHEN UNION PACIFIC CLOSED ITS TRACKS ALONG
        INTERSTATE 70.  NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS FORCED THE CLOSURE OF
        I-70 AT TIMES.  THE WIND GUSTED TO 60 MPH OVER THE HIGHER
        MOUNTAIN PASSES.  STORM TOTALS IN THE SKI AREAS WEST OF
        DENVER RANGED FROM 16 TO 32 INCHES.
18-24 IN 1998...A VIGOROUS COLD FRONT WITH NORTH WINDS GUSTING AS
        HIGH AS 38 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 18TH
        DROPPED TEMPERATURES FROM A HIGH OF 51 DEGREES TO A LOW OF
        JUST 6 DEGREES BEFORE MIDNIGHT.  THE ARCTIC AIR MASS THAT
        SETTLED OVER METRO DENVER PRODUCED INTERMITTENT LIGHT SNOW
        AND A WEEK-LONG PROTRACTED COLD SPELL THAT CAUSED LOW
        TEMPERATURES TO PLUNGE WELL BELOW ZERO FOR 6 CONSECUTIVE
        NIGHTS.  THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE WAS 19 DEGREES BELOW ZERO
        ON THE MORNING OF THE 22ND.  HIGH TEMPERATURES CLIMBED ONLY
        INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS ON 4 CONSECUTIVE DAYS...FROM THE 19TH
        THROUGH THE 22ND.  AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE...MOSTLY HOMELESS...
        WERE TREATED FOR HYPOTHERMIA AT AREA HOSPITALS.  THE BITTER
        COLD WEATHER WAS RESPONSIBLE...EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY...
        FOR AT LEAST 5 FATALITIES.  THREE OF THE VICTIMS DIED
        DIRECTLY FROM EXPOSURE.  THE COLD WEATHER ALSO CAUSED
        INTERMITTENT POWER OUTAGES.  FOLLOWING THE COLD SNAP...
        THAWING WATER PIPES CRACKED AND BURST IN SEVERAL HOMES AND
        BUSINESSES...CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE.  ONLY ONE TEMPERATURE
        RECORD WAS SET.  THE HIGH TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 7 DEGREES ON
        THE 19TH SET A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE.
19-23 IN 1990...A SURGE OF VERY COLD ARCTIC AIR INVADED METRO
        DENVER.  MANY TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE BROKEN AS THE
        MERCURY REMAINED AT OR BELOW ZERO FOR 85.5 HOURS AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...MAKING IT THE THIRD
        LONGEST PERIOD OF SUBZERO READINGS IN 118 YEARS OF RECORD
        KEEPING.  ON THE MORNING OF THE 22ND...THE MERCURY PLUNGED
        TO 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO...WHICH EQUALED THE ALL TIME RECORD
        LOW TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH SET ON DECEMBER 24...1876.
        IN THE FOOTHILLS SOUTHWEST OF DENVER AT TINY TOWN...THE
        MERCURY PLUNGED TO 33 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE MORNING
        OF THE 21ST.  ON THE SAME MORNING AT CASTLE ROCK THE
        TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO 26 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.  DURING
        THE PERIOD...OTHER DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET AT
        DENVER...INCLUDING:  RECORD LOW MAXIMUM OF 3 DEGREES BELOW
        ZERO ON THE 20TH AND A RECORD LOW OF 17 DEGREES BELOW ZERO
        ON THE 23RD.  THE RECORD LOW WAS EQUALED WITH 16 DEGREES
        BELOW ZERO ON THE 20TH AND 21 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE
        21ST.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 2.7 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FROM THE 19TH THROUGH THE 21ST.
20-21 IN 1969...HIGH WINDS CAUSED WIDESPREAD...BUT MOSTLY MINOR
        DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS...AND POWER LINES AND OVERTURNED
        SOME HOUSE TRAILERS IN AREAS ALONG AND JUST EAST OF THE
        FOOTHILLS.  WIND GUSTS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WERE REPORTED IN
        BOULDER AND SOUTH OF BOULDER AT ROCKY FLATS.  A WIND GUST
        TO 115 MPH WAS MEASURED IN BOULDER AT THE NATIONAL CENTER
        FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH.  AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT...WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 44 MPH ON THE 20TH AND
        TO 45 MPH ON THE 21ST.  THE WARM CHINOOK WINDS WARMED
        THE HIGH TEMPERATURE TO 56 DEGREES ON THE 20TH AND
        TO 65 DEGREES ON THE 21ST.
      IN 2006...A MAJOR BLIZZARD BURIED GREATER METRO DENVER AND
        THE ADJACENT FOOTHILLS IN DEEP SNOW.  A SLOW MOVING UPPER
        LEVEL LOW PRESSURE CENTER PRODUCED DEEP MOIST UPSLOPE FLOW
        OVER THE HIGH PLAINS AND AGAINST THE EASTERN SLOPES OF
        THE MOUNTAINS...ALLOWING HEAVY SNOWFALL TO PERSIST FOR
        34 HOURS ACROSS METRO DENVER.  TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS
        RANGED FROM 1 TO 2 1/2 FEET ACROSS THE CITY AND FROM 2 TO
        NEARLY 4 FEET IN THE FOOTHILLS.  ADDING TO THE MISERY...
        STRONG NORTH WINDS SUSTAINED AT 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS
        FROM 45 TO NEARLY 60 MPH PRODUCED MUCH BLOWING SNOW AND
        PILED THE SNOW INTO DRIFTS FROM 6 TO 12 FEET HIGH...CLOSING
        BUSINESSES AND BRINGING ALL TRANSPORTATION TO A HALT.  THE
        STORM FORCED THE CLOSURE OF DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
        FOR A TOTAL OF 45 HOURS WHICH SNARLED THE NATION`S AIR
        TRAFFIC SYSTEM.  THIS WAS THE LONGEST CLOSURE IN THE
        AIRPORT`S 12 YEAR HISTORY.  THE CLOSURE STRANDED NEARLY
        5000 TRAVELERS WHEN 2000 FLIGHTS WERE CANCELED.  MANY
        INBOUND FLIGHTS WERE DIVERTED TO OTHER AIRPORTS...STRANDING
        EVEN MORE PASSENGERS.  MANY OF THE STRANDED TRAVELERS
        FAILED TO REACH THEIR FINAL DESTINATIONS UNTIL DAYS AFTER
        THE AIRPORT RE-OPENED DUE TO FULLY BOOKED FLIGHTS DURING
        THE HOLIDAY SEASON.  POLICE AND NATIONAL GUARDSMEN RESCUED
        HUNDREDS OF COMMUTERS STUCK IN THEIR CARS...AND SENT THEM TO
        TEMPORARY SHELTERS SET UP BY THE RED CROSS.  ALL INTERSTATES
        AND OTHER MAJOR HIGHWAYS IN AND OUT OF DENVER WERE CLOSED.
        GREYHOUND WAS FORCED TO CANCEL ALL BUS TRIPS FROM DENVER.
        MAIL DELIVERY WAS SUSPENDED.  THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION
        DISTRICT SUSPENDED ALL METRO DENVER BUS SERVICE FOR THE
        FIRST TIME SINCE THE MARCH 2003 BLIZZARD.  THE ROOF OF A
        DISCOUNT STORE IN AURORA COLLAPSED UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE
        HEAVY SNOW.  IN LAKEWOOD...A POWER OUTAGE LEFT 5600 RESIDENTS
        WITHOUT ELECTRICITY FOR A BRIEF TIME.  METRO DENVER SNOWFALL
        AMOUNTS INCLUDED:  34 INCHES 10 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BUCKLEY
        AFB...32 INCHES IN LITTLETON...30 INCHES IN THORNTON AND NEAR
        CASTLE ROCK...29.5 INCHES NEAR PARKER...28 INCHES IN WHEAT
        RIDGE...25.5 INCHES AT CENTENNIAL AIRPORT...25 INCHES AT
        NIWOT...24 INCHES IN AURORA...22.5 INCHES AT GREENWOOD VILLAGE...
        22 INCHES IN ARVADA...21.5 INCHES IN LAKEWOOD...20 INCHES IN
        LONGMONT...AND 15.5 INCHES IN BOULDER.  SNOWFALL MEASURED 20.7
        INCHES OFFICIALLY IN THE DENVER STAPLETON AREA.  THIS RANKED
        THE SNOWFALL AS THE 7TH GREATEST IN THE CITY SINCE 1946.
        NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 37 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH AT
        DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  IN THE FOOTHILLS SNOWFALL
        TOTALED:  42 INCHES AT CONIFER AND 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
        BOULDER...40 INCHES AT EVERGREEN...39 INCHES AT ASPEN SPRINGS...
        37.5 INCHES 8 MILES NORTH OF BLACKHAWK...33 INCHES NEAR
        NEDERLAND...31 INCHES AT INTERCANYON AND NEAR TINY TOWN...30.5
        INCHES ATOP BUCKHORN MOUNTAIN...30 INCHES NEAR INDIAN HILLS...
        29 INCHES AT ROLLINSVILLE...24 INCHES NEAR GROSS RESERVOIR
        AND RALSTON RESERVOIR...22.4 INCHES ATOP CROW HILL...AND 20
        INCHES NEAR GEORGETOWN.  SNOWPACKED AND RUTTED STREETS
        AND PARKING LOTS PERSISTED FOR A MONTH OR MORE AFTER THE
        STORM AND SUBSEQUENT STORMS.  THE HEAVY SNOWFALL CREATED A
        SNOW REMOVAL CONTROVERSY WHEN MANY CITIZENS COMPLAINED THAT
        RESIDENTIAL STREETS WERE NOT CLEARED IN A TIMELY MANNER IN
        THE CITY AND IN SOME SUBURBAN AREAS.  THIS WAS IN SPITE OF
        THE FACT THAT TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WERE SPENT ON SNOW
        REMOVAL.  IN THE CITY OF DENVER...SNOW COVER OF AN INCH OR
        MORE FROM THIS STORM AND SUBSEQUENT STORMS PERSISTED FOR 61
        CONSECUTIVE DAYS...THROUGH FEBRUARY 19...2007.  THIS IS THE
        SECOND LONGEST PERIOD OF SNOW COVER ON RECORD IN THE CITY.
        MANY HOMEOWNERS WHO HAD EXTENSIVE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND
        DECORATIONS IN THEIR YARDS WERE NOT ABLE TO REMOVE THE
        LIGHTS BECAUSE THE WIRES WERE BURIED IN DEEP SNOW AND ICE
        UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY OR LATER.
20-22 IN 1933...STRONG DOWNSLOPE WINDS PRODUCED A WARM SPELL.
        LOW TEMPERATURES OF 43 DEGREES ON BOTH THE 20TH AND 21ST
        AND 41 DEGREES ON THE 22ND WERE RECORD HIGH MINIMUMS FOR
        THOSE DATES.  HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 67 DEGREES ON THE 21ST
        WAS A RECORD MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE.  HIGH TEMPERATURES OF
        56 DEGREES ON THE 20TH AND 69 DEGREES ON THE 22ND WERE
        NOT RECORDS; HOWEVER...THE 69 DEGREES WAS THE WARMEST OF
        THE MONTH.  WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO
        20 AND 24 MPH ON THE 21ST AND 22ND RESPECTIVELY.
20-23 IN 1918...LIGHT SNOWFALL ON EACH DAY TOTALED 12.0 INCHES
        OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER.  NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED
        TO 16 MPH ON THE 21ST.
20-25 IN 1983...AN EXTREMELY BITTER COLD SPELL OCCURRED.  THE
        TEMPERATURE REMAINED BELOW ZERO FOR 115 HOURS IN DENVER...
        THE LONGEST SUB-ZERO PERIOD ON RECORD.  THE MERCURY DIPPED
        TO 21 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 21ST...THE COLDEST RECORDED
        TEMPERATURE IN OVER 20 YEARS.  THE COLD WAS ACCOMPANIED
        BY WINDS THAT PLUNGED CHILL FACTORS TO 50 TO 70 DEGREES
        BELOW ZERO.  TWO PEOPLE FROZE TO DEATH IN DENVER; BOTH
        WERE FOUND OUTSIDE DEAD OF EXPOSURE.  NUMEROUS CASES OF
        FROSTBITE WERE REPORTED.  HUNDREDS OF WATER PIPES BROKE
        FROM THE INTENSE COLD...WATER MAINS AND NATURAL GAS LINES
        ALSO FRACTURED...AND ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION REACHED RECORD
        LEVELS.  LIGHT SNOW TOTALING 5.8 INCHES FELL AT TIMES...AND
        HOLIDAY TRAFFIC WAS DELAYED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT FOR SEVERAL HOURS.  EIGHT DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORDS
        WERE SET AT THE TIME.  THE ALL-TIME RECORD LOW MAXIMUM
        TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF 8 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE
        21ST STILL STANDS TODAY.  OTHER TEMPERATURE RECORDS STILL
        STANDING INCLUDE RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES OF 5
        DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON BOTH THE 22ND AND 23RD AND 4 DEGREES
        BELOW ZERO ON THE 24TH.
21    IN 1884...LIGHT SNOW FELL FROM AN APPARENT CLOUDLESS SKY
        BETWEEN 4:15 AM AND 5:00 AM.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 3.5 INCHES
        FOR THE DAY.
      IN 1900...WEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 46 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 54
        MPH WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 59 DEGREES.
      IN 1910...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 8.0 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN
        DENVER.  NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 25 MPH.
      IN 1961...STRONG WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONT WHIPPED
        SNOW ACROSS METRO DENVER.  WEST WIND GUSTS TO 62 MPH WERE
        RECORDED AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.  THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE
        DAMAGE TO POWER LINES...SIGNS...AND CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.
        IN DENVER...4 PEOPLE WERE INJURED BY WIND-CAUSED ACCIDENTS.
        TWO SMALL PLANES WERE FLIPPED OVER AT STAPLETON AIRPORT
        WHILE ATTEMPTING TO LAND.  ONLY A TRACE OF SNOW FELL AT
        STAPLETON AIRPORT.
      IN 1983...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO ONLY 8 DEGREES
        BELOW ZERO AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THIS SET
        THE RECORD FOR THE LOWEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF THE MONTH.
      IN 1987...STRONG WINDS HOWLED IN THE FOOTHILLS AND IN BOULDER.
        WIND GUSTS REACHED 78 MPH IN EAST BOULDER...85 MPH AT TABLE
        MESA IN SOUTHWEST BOULDER...93 MPH NEAR ROLLINSVILLE...AND 97
        MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH IN
        BOULDER.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 37 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
21-22 IN 1969...STRONG WINDS RAKED THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS IN BOULDER
        AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES.  WIND GUSTS TO 115 MPH WERE
        RECORDED AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH IN
        BOULDER...WHILE IN DOWNTOWN BOULDER WINDS GUSTED TO 75 MPH.
        SOME DAMAGE OCCURRED.
      IN 1981...A SNOW STORM DUMPED 3 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS
        EASTERN COLORADO.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.8 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY
        17 MPH.
      IN 2011...LARGE SCALE LIFT FROM AN UPPER LEVEL LOW COMBINED
        WITH A DEEP EASTERLY UPSLOPE FLOW BEHIND A COLD FRONT TO
        PRODUCE HEAVY SNOW IN AND NEAR THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS
        AND PALMER DIVIDE. STORM TOTALS RANGED FROM 1.5 TO 3 FEET IN
        THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS...WITH 1 TO 1.5 FEET ALONG THE
        URBAN CORRIDOR. IN THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS AND PALMER
        DIVIDE...STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 36.5 INCHES...7 MILES
        SOUTHWEST OF BOULDER; 32 INCHES...12 MILES NORTHWEST OF
        GOLDEN; 28 INCHES AT GENESEE; 24.5 INCHES...3 MILES WEST OF
        JAMESTOWN; 23 INCHES AT BERGEN PARK; 21 INCHES AT EVERGREEN
        AND GROSS RESERVOIR; 19 INCHES NEAR ELDORADO SPRINGS AND 3
        MILES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF CONIFER; 17 INCHES...4 MILES SOUTH-
        SOUTHWEST OF TINY TOWN; AND 13.5 INCHES...15 MILES NORTH OF
        ELIZABETH. ALONG THE URBAN CORRIDOR...STORM TOTALS INCLUDED:
        18 INCHES IN GOLDEN; 14.5 INCHES IN BOULDER...13 INCHES AT
        THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BOULDER; 12.5 INCHES...5 MILES
        SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF ARAPAHOE PARK; 12 INCHES AT LONE TREE;
        11.5 INCHES IN BROOMFIELD; 11 INCHES IN ARVADA...4 MILES
        NORTHWEST OF ELBERT...NIWOT AND WHEATRIDGE; 10 INCHES IN
        NORTHWEST DENVER; WITH 7.3 INCHES AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.
21-23 IN 1924...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 7.9 INCHES OVER DOWNTOWN
        DENVER.  DURING THE STORM NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS WERE
        SUSTAINED TO 21 MPH.  TEMPERATURES WERE QUITE COLD...RANGING
        FROM A HIGH OF 24 DEGREES ON THE 21ST TO A LOW OF 5 DEGREES
        BELOW ZERO ON THE 23RD.
      IN 1964...HIGH WINDS WERE RECORDED ALONG THE EASTERN
        FOOTHILLS.  A WIND GUST TO 100 MPH WAS REGISTERED AT
        JEFFERSON COUNTY AIRPORT NEAR BROOMFIELD.  IN BOULDER...
        WHERE MANY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE OCCURRED...WARM
        CHINOOK WINDS GUSTED IN EXCESS OF 45 MPH DOWNTOWN.  A WIND
        GUST TO 82 MPH WAS RECORDED AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR
        ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH IN BOULDER.  HEAVY DAMAGE TO POWER
        LINES...HOMES...AND ROADS WAS REPORTED AT EVERGREEN...GOLDEN...
        AND BOULDER.  SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE INJURED BY WIND-CAUSED
        ACCIDENTS.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 53 MPH ON THE 22ND AND
        TO 51 MPH ON THE 23RD AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
        WHERE SOME BLOWING DUST OCCURRED.  THE CHINOOK WINDS WARMED
        TEMPERATURES IN DENVER TO HIGHS OF 68 DEGREES ON THE 22ND
        AND 71 DEGREES ON THE 23RD.
22    IN 1885...A WINDSTORM PRODUCED SUSTAINED WEST WINDS TO 48 MPH.
        THE WINDS WERE STRONG ALL AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
      IN 1892...TERRIBLY STRONG WINDS HIT THE FOOTHILLS ABOVE
        BOULDER.  THE WIND WAS DESCRIBED AS A YOUNG TORNADO...BUT
        LIKELY WAS STRAIGHT LINE IN NATURE.  WINDS IN BOULDER
        REMAINED CALM.
      IN 1901...THE PASSAGE OF AN APPARENT COLD FRONT PRODUCED NORTH
        WINDS SUSTAINED TO 48 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 60 MPH.
      IN 1922...A MAJOR STORM DUMPED 8.0 INCHES OF SNOW IN DOWNTOWN
        DENVER.
      IN 1941...POST-FRONTAL HEAVY SNOW FELL OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER
        WHERE 8.0 INCHES OF NEW SNOW WERE MEASURED.  NORTHWEST WINDS
        WERE SUSTAINED TO 26 MPH.  THE COLD FRONT AND SNOWFALL
        ABRUPTLY BROKE A WEEK OF WARM WEATHER WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES
        IN THE 50`S AND 60`S.
      IN 1977...HIGH WINDS UNROOFED A MOBILE HOME IN BROOMFIELD.
        WIND GUSTS REACHED 93 MPH AT TABLE MESA IN SOUTH BOULDER
        AND 74 MPH AT ROCKY FLATS.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 52 MPH
        AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1988...HIGH WINDS HIT MANY FOOTHILLS AREAS.  RECORDED WIND
        GUSTS REACHED 95 MPH JUST NORTH OF BOULDER AND 80 MPH ON
        TABLE MESA.  THE STRONG WINDS CAUSED POWER OUTAGES AROUND
        BOULDER.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 45 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1990...THE ALL-TIME LOWEST RECORDED TEMPERATURE IN DECEMBER...
        25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO...OCCURRED.  THE SAME TEMPERATURE WAS
        ALSO REACHED ON DECEMBER 24...1876.
22-23 IN 1926...SNOW WAS HEAVY AND TOTALED 6.7 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN
        DENVER.  NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 17 MPH WITH
        GUSTS TO 18 MPH ON THE 23RD.
      IN 1979...HEAVY SNOW BLANKETED METRO DENVER.  TOTAL SNOWFALL
        AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS 6.9 INCHES...AND NORTH
        WINDS GUSTED TO 20 MPH.  MOST OF THE SNOW...5.7 INCHES...FELL
        ON THE 22ND.
      IN 1984...STRONG CHINOOK WINDS HOWLED ALONG THE FRONT RANGE
        FOOTHILLS.  AT TABLE MESA IN SOUTHWEST BOULDER...GUSTS
        REACHED 108 MPH ON THE MORNING OF THE 23RD.  GUSTS TO 79
        MPH WERE CLOCKED IN GOLDEN GATE CANYON.  GUSTS TO 94 MPH
        WERE REPORTED IN EAST BOULDER.  THE WINDS FLATTENED A TWO
        FLOOR CINDER BLOCK BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN BOULDER...
        CAUSING 75 THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGE.  FLYING DEBRIS FROM THE
        BUILDING SLIGHTLY INJURED A POLICEMAN.  A CHAIN LINK
        FENCE WAS BLOWN DOWN.  DOZENS OF WINDOWS AND ROOFS WERE
        DAMAGED IN BOULDER...ALONG WITH MOBILE HOMES AND CARS.
        NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES WERE DOWNED.  A GIANT
        PLASTIC BUBBLE DOME WAS BLOWN APART AND COLLAPSED...CAUSING
        AT LEAST 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGE.  WEST WINDS GUSTED
        TO 41 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 23RD.
22-24 IN 2009...A WINTER STORM PRODUCED MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW
        ACROSS PARTS OF THE FRONT RANGE AND ADJACENT PLAINS. IN
        THE FOOTHILLS...STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 11.5 INCHES NEAR
        ELDORADO SPRINGS...10 INCHES...3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
        PINECLIFFE; 9 INCHES AT GENESEE...2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
        GOLDEN AND KEN CARYL; 8 INCHES...3 MILES WEST OF JAMESTOWN
        AND WHITE RANCH OPEN SPACE; 7 INCHES...4 MILES EAST-
        NORTHEAST OF NEDERLAND.  ACROSS THE URBAN CORRIDOR AND
        ADJACENT PLAINS...STORM TOTALS INCLUDED: 9 INCHES...2 MILES
        WEST OF PARKER; 8 INCHES AT WATKINS; 7 INCHES...2 MILES
        WEST-SOUTHWEST OF BYERS...12 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BUCKLEY
        AFB AND 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF PARKER. AT DENVER
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...6.1 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WAS OBSERVED.
23    IN 1915...APPARENT BORA WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 46 MPH WITH
        GUSTS TO 58 MPH.  SNOWFALL WAS ONLY 0.8 INCH IN THE CITY.
      IN 1955...WEST-NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 55 MPH AT STAPLETON
        AIRPORT.  THE DOWNSLOPE WINDS KEPT THE LOW TEMPERATURE
        FROM DIPPING BELOW 50 DEGREES...THE RECORD HIGHEST MINIMUM
        FOR THE MONTH.
      IN 1969...A STRONG WIND GUST DID 4 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE
        JUST WEST OF BROOMFIELD.  MINOR INJURIES ALSO OCCURRED.
      IN 1977...HIGH WINDS OCCURRED IN BOULDER WITH 90 MPH RECORDED
        AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS.  A WIND GUST TO 72 MPH WAS REPORTED
        AT LAFAYETTE.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 39 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1989...HIGH WINDS WERE REPORTED IN THE FOOTHILLS WEST OF
        DENVER.  AT ROLLINSVILLE...A WIND GUST TO 90 MPH WAS
        MEASURED.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 44 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2007...HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED IN AND NEAR THE FRONT RANGE
        FOOTHILLS OF BOULDER AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES.  PEAK
        GUSTS INCLUDED:  89 MPH AT THE NATIONAL WIND TECHNOLOGY
        CENTER; 88 MPH ATOP NIWOT RIDGE; 83 MPH...4 MILES EAST-
        NORTHEAST OF BERGEN PARK; 80 MPH...3 MILES SOUTHEAST
        OF JAMESTOWN.  AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...EAST OF
        THE SURFACE TROUGH...SOUTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 28 MPH.
23-24 IN 1907...WINDS NEARLY AS STRONG AS A HURRICANE RAKED BOULDER
        AND AREAS NORTH OF DENVER...KILLING ONE PERSON AND INJURING
        OTHERS.  PROPERTY DAMAGE WAS MINOR.
      IN 1973...A PRE-CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD...THE SECOND IN 5 DAYS...
        PRODUCED STRONG WINDS AND DUMPED HEAVY SNOW ACROSS METRO
        DENVER.  NEARLY A FOOT...11.8 INCHES...OF SNOW FELL AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTING
        FROM 30 TO 40 MPH PRODUCED MUCH BLOWING SNOW.  THE STRONG
        WINDS WHIPPED THE SNOW INTO 2- TO 4-FOOT DRIFTS...CLOSING
        MANY ROADS AND AIRPORTS.  ABOUT 10 THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE
        STRANDED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR UP TO 24
        HOURS.
      IN 1978...WIND GUSTS TO 90 MPH ON THE 23RD AND 73 MPH ON THE
        24TH WERE RECORDED IN BOULDER.  A TOWNHOUSE UNDER
        CONSTRUCTION WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BY THE WINDS.  AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...WEST WINDS GUSTED TO
        37 MPH ON THE 23RD AND NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 35 MPH
        ON THE 24TH.
      IN 1987...A SNOWSTORM ASSURED A WHITE CHRISTMAS FOR METRO
        DENVER...WHERE 4 TO 8 INCHES FELL.  AMOUNTS IN THE FOOTHILLS
        RANGED FROM 10 TO 18 INCHES.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 3.9 INCHES
        AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED
        TO 32 MPH ON THE 23RD.
24    IN 1876...THE ALL-TIME LOWEST RECORDED TEMPERATURE IN DECEMBER...
        25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO...OCCURRED.  THE SAME TEMPERATURE WAS
        ALSO REACHED ON DECEMBER 22...1990.
      IN 1907...WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 43 MPH.  THE CHINOOK
        WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 58 DEGREES.
      IN 1908...WEST BORA WINDS SUSTAINED TO 49 MPH PRODUCED A
        HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 42 DEGREES.  A TRACE OF SNOW FELL.
      IN 1977...WIND DAMAGED TEMPORARY WOODEN STRUCTURES AT
        CONSTRUCTION SITES IN DENVER.  SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN
        OVER...CAUSING DAMAGE TO HOUSES AND CARS.  POWER OUTAGES
        OCCURRED IN NORTHWEST DENVER.  SOME CHIMNEYS WERE BLOWN OFF
        A HOUSE IN THE KEN CARYL RANCH AREA.  WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH
        WERE REPORTED IN BOULDER...AND NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO
        53 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      ON CHRISTMAS EVE...1982...ONE OF THE WORST BLIZZARDS OF ALL
        TIME DUMPED 24 TO 34 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS METRO DENVER.
        THE HEAVIEST OFFICIAL ONE-DAY SNOW AMOUNT IN THE CITY`S
        HISTORY...23.6 INCHES...BROUGHT TRAFFIC TO A STAND STILL AND
        COMPLETELY CLOSED STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON
        CHRISTMAS DAY.  BOULDER RECEIVED 18 TO 24 INCHES OF SNOW.
        TWO FEET OF SNOW BURIED PARKER AND SEDALIA TO THE SOUTH OF
        DENVER.  WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING THE STORM WERE BRUTAL.
        VISIBILITY AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WAS REDUCED
        TO 1/4 MILE OR LESS FOR 17 CONSECUTIVE HOURS.  SUSTAINED
        WINDS OF 25 MPH OR MORE PERSISTED FOR 15 CONSECUTIVE HOURS.
        GUSTS OVER 40 MPH WERE RECORDED DURING 12 DIFFERENT HOURS.
        THE HIGHEST RECORDED WIND GUST WAS 51 MPH.  THE HOWLING
        WINDS BLEW SNOW INTO DRIFTS 4 TO 8 FEET HIGH...PARALYZING
        ALL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION.  ALL HIGHWAYS LEADING OUT
        OF DENVER WERE CLOSED.  STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
        WAS CLOSED FOR 33 HOURS AND OPERATED ON ONLY A LIMITED
        SCHEDULE FOR DAYS AFTERWARD.  THOUSANDS OF TRAVELERS
        WERE STRANDED AND FAILED TO REACH THEIR DESTINATIONS
        IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS.  MANY WAYWARD COMMUTERS AND
        SHOPPERS WERE FORCED TO TAKE REFUGE IN SHOPPING MALLS...
        WHICH REMAINED OPEN WHEN WORKERS THEMSELVES BECAME
        STRANDED.  MALL RESTAURANTS SERVED FOOD TO THE REFUGEES.
        THE STORM PREVENTED MOST PEOPLE IN THE AREA FROM
        SPENDING CHRISTMAS DAY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.  IN METRO
        DENVER...THREE PEOPLE DIED AS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE
        BLIZZARD:  A 60-YEAR-OLD MAN DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA ON HIS
        SCREENED IN BACK PORCH; A 66 YEAR OLD MAN FROZE TO DEATH
        AFTER FALLING INTO A DRIFT A FEW FEET FROM HIS HOME; A 34-
        YEAR-OLD MAN FROZE TO DEATH JUST EAST OF DENVER AFTER
        ABANDONING HIS 4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE WHICH BECAME STUCK IN
        THE SNOW.  WITH THE HEAVY SNOW AND WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES
        OF 20 TO 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO...THERE WERE MANY INJURIES
        FROM FROSTBITE AND FALLS.  DAMAGE FROM THE BLIZZARD WAS
        VARIED AND WIDESPREAD.  A NUMBER OF ROOFS COLLAPSED UNDER
        THE WEIGHT OF THE HEAVY SNOW; GREENHOUSES RECEIVED THE
        GREATEST DAMAGE WHEN THE HEAVY SNOW SHATTERED GLASS ROOFS...
        ALLOWING COLD AIR TO FREEZE THE TENDER PLANTS INSIDE.
        TOTAL DAMAGE TO GREENHOUSES AND PLANTS ALONE WAS ESTIMATED
        AT 5 MILLION DOLLARS.  THE STRONG WINDS WITH THE STORM
        DAMAGED MANY FENCES AND CAUSED NUMEROUS POWER OUTAGES.
        LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS WERE LITERALLY LEFT OUT IN
        THE COLD AND SNOW...AS THE STORM MADE TRAVEL INCREASINGLY
        DIFFICULT DURING THE DAY.  MERCHANTS LOST SIGNIFICANT
        INCOME FROM THE LAST SHOPPING DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS.
        OVERALL...BUSINESSES LOST AN ESTIMATED 500 MILLION DOLLARS
        DUE TO THE BLIZZARD.  IN METRO DENVER...SEVEN MILLION
        DOLLARS WERE SPENT FOR SNOW REMOVAL...THREE MILLION DOLLARS
        IN THE CITY OF DENVER ALONE.  THIS EXPENDITURE DID NOT
        PREVENT A SUBSEQUENT SNOW REMOVAL CONTROVERSY.  ONCE THE
        MAJOR STREETS WERE MADE PASSABLE...COLD LATE DECEMBER AND
        JANUARY TEMPERATURES PREVENTED MUCH MELTING.  ICY AND
        SNOWPACKED SIDE STREETS AND PARKING LOTS BECAME RUTTED...
        MAKING TRAVEL AROUND METRO DENVER DIFFICULT FOR NEARLY A
        MONTH AFTER THE STORM.  IN FACT...SNOW COVER OF AN INCH
        OR MORE LASTED FOR 48 CONSECUTIVE DAYS AFTER THE STORM...
        THROUGH FEBRUARY 9...1983.  THIS IS THE THIRD LONGEST
        PERIOD OF SNOW COVER ON RECORD IN THE CITY.  THE PERIOD
        WOULD HAVE BEEN LONGER...BUT NO SIGNIFICANT SNOW FELL
        FOR MORE THAN 2 MONTHS AFTER THE STORM.
24-25 IN 1891...HEAVY SNOWFALL OF 7.0 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN DENVER
        PROVIDED A WHITE CHRISTMAS.  MOST OF THE SNOW...6.5 INCHES...
        FELL ON THE 24TH.  NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 30
        MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH ON THE 24TH.
      IN 1894...SNOW BEGAN FALLING DURING THE EVENING OF THE 24TH...
        ENDED DURING THE EARLY AFTERNOON OF THE 25TH...AND TOTALED
        6.4 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN DENVER.  NORTHWEST WINDS WERE
        SUSTAINED TO 26 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH ON THE 24TH.  THE
        MAXIMUM SNOW DEPTH ON THE GROUND WAS 5 INCHES.  THE HIGH
        TEMPERATURE WAS ONLY 18 DEGREES ON THE 25TH AFTER A LOW OF
        8 DEGREES.
      IN 1980...STRONG CHINOOK WINDS OF 50 TO 60 MPH OCCURRED IN THE
        FOOTHILLS WITH A WIND GUST TO 90 MPH RECORDED AT WONDERVU.
        WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 33 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT ON THE 25TH.
      IN 1997...A RELATIVELY RARE CHRISTMAS SNOWSTORM BLANKETED
        MUCH OF NORTHEASTERN COLORADO.  SNOWFALL IN AND NEAR
        THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS AND SOUTH OF METRO DENVER RANGED
        FROM 5 TO 8 INCHES.  ELSEWHERE...NEW SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WERE
        GENERALLY 1 TO 3 INCHES.  SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 1.5 INCHES
        AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
        NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 29 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT ON THE 24TH.
      IN 2012...A WINTER-LIKE WEATHER MOVED INTO NORTHEAST COLORADO
        ON CHRISTMAS EVE AS AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH AND A STRONG COLD
        FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE REGION. AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT...2.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL FROM CHRISTMAS EVE THROUGH
        CHRISTMAS MORNING.  THE HIGH TEMPERATURES ON CHRISTMAS DAY
        ONLY REACHED 16 DEGREES...WHICH WAS THE COLDEST DAY OF THE
        MONTH.
25    IN 1873...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 36 MPH DURING
        THE MORNING AND TO 48 MPH IN THE EVENING.  THE CHINOOK
        WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 53 DEGREES.
      IN 1883...GUSTY VERY STRONG WINDS RAKED BOULDER...CAUSING
        11 HUNDRED DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.
      IN 1985...TABLE MESA IN BOULDER WAS BUFFETED BY WIND GUSTS
        TO 68 MPH.
      IN 1993...OCCASIONAL HIGH WINDS OCCURRED OVER PORTIONS OF THE
        HIGHER FOOTHILLS WEST OF BOULDER AND DENVER.  A WIND GUST
        TO 87 MPH WAS RECORDED ON SQUAW MOUNTAIN...AND A GUST TO 83
        MPH OCCURRED AT ROLLINSVILLE.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO
        TO 35 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2007...A WINTER STORM BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW TO THE FRONT RANGE
        OF COLORADO. THE HEAVIEST SNOW FELL NEAR THE FOOTHILLS OF
        BOULDER...DOUGLAS AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES.  THE SNOW CAUSED
        ACCIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE DENVER METROPOLITAN AREA.
        GUSTY WINDS PRODUCED SNOW DRIFTS FROM 2 TO 3.5 FEET
        IN DEPTH.  TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR THE CALENDAR DAY IN DENVER
        WAS 7.8 INCHES...SETTING A NEW RECORD FOR CHRISTMAS DAY.
        THE MEASUREMENT WAS TAKEN AT THE FORMER STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT; THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 6.2 INCHES...
        SET IN 1894.  STORM TOTALS IN THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS
        INCLUDED:  13.5 INCHES AT COAL CREEK CANYON; 12 INCHES...5
        MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ASPEN PARK; 11 INCHES; 6 MILES
        SOUTHWEST OF KASSLER; 10.5 INCHES AT ELDORADO SPRINGS.
        ELSEWHERE...STORM TOTALS RANGED FROM 5 TO 10 INCHES.
        IN THE URBAN CORRIDOR STORM TOTALS INCLUDED:  9 INCHES
        NEAR ELIZABETH; 8 INCHES IN SOUTHWEST DENVER...HIGHLANDS
        RANCH...MARSTON RESERVOIR AND WHEAT RIDGE; 7.5 INCHES IN
        ARVADA; 7 INCHES IN CENTENNIEL AND LAKEWOOD; 6.5 INCHES
        IN AURORA AND 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WATKINS; 6 INCHES IN
        BOULDER...ENGLEWOOD AND PARKER.  ELSEWHERE...STORM TOTALS
        RANGED FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES.
25-26 IN 1904...AFTER A WARM CHRISTMAS DAY WITH A HIGH TEMPERATURE
        OF 50 DEGREES...A LATE DAY COLD FRONT PLUNGED TEMPERATURES
        TO A LOW OF 7 DEGREES...PRODUCED NORTHEAST WINDS SUSTAINED
        TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 54 MPH...AND PRODUCED 5.2 INCHES OF
        SNOW OVERNIGHT FOR A LATE WHITE CHRISTMAS.  THE MAXIMUM
        TEMPERATURE ON THE 26TH WAS ONLY 16 DEGREES.
25-31 IN 1980...TEMPERATURES WERE UNUSUALLY WARM DURING THE WEEK
        BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR`S.  HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR
        THE WEEK RANGED FROM THE MID-50`S TO THE MID-70`S.  FOUR
        TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET.  RECORD HIGHS OCCURRED ON
        THE 26TH WITH 68 DEGREES...THE 27TH WITH 75 DEGREES...AND
        THE 30TH WITH 71 DEGREES.  A RECORD HIGH MINIMUM
        TEMPERATURE OF 41 DEGREES OCCURRED ON THE 27TH.
26    IN 1877...HEAVY SNOW FELL DURING THE EARLY MORNING AND
        TOTALED NEARLY 6 INCHES.  PRECIPITATION FROM MELTED
        SNOW WAS 0.58 INCH.  AFTER THE SNOWFALL...A NUMBER OF
        SLEIGHS WERE SEEN ON THE CITY STREETS.
      IN 1879...AFTER A MORNING LOW OF 4 DEGREES BELOW ZERO...
        THE TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO A HIGH OF 57 DEGREES IN
        THE CITY.
      IN 1907...WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 40 MPH.  THE CHINOOK
        WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 62 DEGREES.
      IN 1949...WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 50 MPH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.
      IN 1998...INTENSE...BUT LOCALIZED...DOWNSLOPE HIGH WINDS
        DEVELOPED NEAR WONDERVU IN THE FOOTHILLS SOUTHWEST
        OF BOULDER.  WINDS FREQUENTLY GUSTED TO 100 MPH WITH
        A HIGHEST REPORTED WIND GUST TO 104 MPH.  WEST WINDS
        GUSTED TO ONLY 43 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
26-27 IN 1954...A MAJOR STORM DUMPED HEAVY SNOW ACROSS METRO DENVER.
        SNOWFALL TOTALED 8.6 INCHES AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.  THE
        STORM PRODUCED THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL OF THE CALENDAR YEAR
        AND WAS THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOWFALL IN DECEMBER.
      IN 1987...A SNOWSTORM STALLED IN NORTHEASTERN COLORADO...GIVING
        METRO DENVER ITS WORST WINTER STORM IN 4 YEARS.  TOTAL
        SNOWFALL FROM THE STORM RANGED FROM 12 TO 18 INCHES ON THE
        EAST SIDE...1 TO 2 FEET IN BOULDER COUNTY...AND 2 TO 3 FEET
        IN WESTERN AND SOUTHERN PARTS OF METRO DENVER.  THE
        LARGEST REPORTED SNOWFALL WAS 42 INCHES AT INTERCANYON IN
        THE FOOTHILLS SOUTHWEST OF DENVER.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 14.9
        INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  WINDS WERE LIGHT
        ON THE 26TH...BUT INCREASED AS HIGH AS 40 MPH ON THE 27TH...
        CREATING NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND FORCING COMPLETE
        CLOSURE OF STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR ABOUT
        8 HOURS.  THE STRONG WINDS WHIPPED DRIFTS TO 5 FEET HIGH
        ON THE EAST SIDE OF TOWN.  ALL INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS LEADING
        FROM DENVER WERE CLOSED ON THE 27TH.
26-28 IN 1979 A HEAVY SNOW STORM DUMPED 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW OVER
        THE METRO AREA AND 15 TO 20 INCHES AT BOULDER WITH UP TO 2
        FEET IN THE FOOTHILLS WEST OF BOULDER.  HEAVY SNOWFALL
        TOTALED 6.0 INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
        WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 21 MPH.  MOST OF THE SNOW...
        4.8 INCHES...FELL ON THE 27TH.
27    IN 1895...WEST CHINOOK WINDS SUSTAINED TO 44 MPH WITH GUSTS
        TO 48 MPH WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 52 DEGREES.
      IN 1901...AN APPARENT COLD FRONT PRODUCED SUSTAINED NORTH
        WINDS TO 41 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 48 MPH.
      IN 1957...NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO 52 MPH PRODUCED SOME
        BLOWING DUST ACROSS METRO DENVER.
      IN 1975...A NORTHWEST WIND GUST TO 53 MPH WAS RECORDED AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1976...A STRONG PACIFIC COLD FRONT MOVING ACROSS METRO
        DENVER PRODUCED A NORTHWEST WIND GUST TO 53 MPH AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1990...HIGH WINDS RAKED THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS WITH A WIND
        GUST TO 84 MPH CLOCKED ON FRITZ PEAK NEAR ROLLINSVILLE.
        THE STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS OF 50 TO 70 MPH WHIPPED NEWLY
        FALLEN SNOW OVER HIGHER AREAS INTO BILLOWY CLOUDS SEVERAL
        HUNDRED FEET HIGH THAT COULD BE SEEN FROM MOST LOCATIONS
        ACROSS METRO DENVER.
      IN 1996...ANOTHER ROUND OF HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED OVER PORTIONS
        OF THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS DURING THE MORNING HOURS.
        SEVERAL WIND GUSTS FROM 70 TO 100 MPH WERE REPORTED AT
        WONDERVU SOUTHWEST OF BOULDER.  WEST-NORTHWEST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 38 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2005...A TRAINED WEATHER OBSERVER IN GEORGETOWN RECORDED
        A WIND GUST TO 94 MPH.  NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.
      IN 2007...A WINTER STORM BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW TO PORTIONS OF THE
        URBAN CORRIDOR AND ADJACENT PLAINS.  STORM TOTALS GENERALLY
        RANGED FROM 3 TO 7 INCHES.  LOCALLY HEAVIER BANDS PRODUCED
        UP TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW.  IN THE URBAN CORRIDOR...STORM
        TOTALS INCLUDED:  10 INCHES...10 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST
        OF BUCKLEY AFB AND AT CASTLE PINES; 9.5 INCHES...4 MILES
        SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF AURORA AND KASSLER; 7.5 INCHES...2 MILES
        SOUTHEAST OF HIGHLANDS RANCH; 7 INCHES IN AURORA AND
        SEDALIA; 6.5 INCHES IN ARVADA...4 MILES EAST OF DENVER AND
        LAFAYETTE; 6 INCHES IN CASTLE ROCK AND THORNTON.  A
        MEASUREMENT OF 5.4 INCHES WAS TAKEN AT THE FORMER
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE OFFICIAL TOTAL FOR
        THE MONTH WAS 20.9 INCHES; MAKING IT THE 6TH SNOWIEST
        DECEMBER ON RECORD.
27-28 IN 1997...HIGH WINDS COMBINED WITH FRESH SNOW FROM A PREVIOUS
        STORM CAUSED HIGHWAYS TO BECOME SLICK FROM DRIFTING SNOW
        AND NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN LOCALIZED GROUND BLIZZARDS.
        STRONG WINDS BLEW SNOW ACROSS THE RUNWAYS AT CENTENNIAL
        AIRPORT...WHICH GLAZED OVER AND FORMED AREAS OF ICE.  TWO
        PLANES WERE DAMAGED WHEN THEY SLID OFF THE RUNWAY WHILE
        LANDING.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS
        ALSO OCCURRED ON I-25 AND I-70 AS ICE FORMED UNDER THE
        SAME CONDITIONS.  A ROLLOVER ACCIDENT WHICH INJURED
        4 PEOPLE ON STATE HIGHWAY 93 NEAR THE ROCKY FLATS
        ENVIRONMENTAL TEST FACILITY WAS ALSO ATTRIBUTED TO THE
        HIGH WINDS.  THE HIGH WINDS CAUSED AN OFFICE BUILDING
        AND SHOWROOM UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN GOLDEN TO COLLAPSE.
        THE LARGEST WALL WAS 180 FEET LONG AND 28 FEET HIGH.
        SOME HIGH WIND REPORTS INCLUDED:  86 MPH AT GOLDEN GATE
        CANYON...72 MPH NEAR CONIFER...AND 70 MPH AT JEFFERSON
        COUNTY AIRPORT AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC
        RESEARCH ON THE MESA NEAR BOULDER.  WEST-NORTHWEST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 53 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE
        27TH.
      IN 1998...DAMAGING DOWNSLOPE WINDS FORMED IN AND NEAR THE
        FOOTHILLS.  PEAK WIND GUSTS RANGED FROM 71 TO 114 MPH.
        NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN IN COAL CREEK CANYON AND
        NEAR GROSS RESERVOIR.  POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN...
        RESULTING IN SCATTERED OUTAGES.  PEAK WIND REPORTS
        INCLUDED:  114 MPH AT WONDERVU...92 MPH IN GOLDEN GATE
        CANYON...88 MPH IN COAL CREEK CANYON...AND 79 MPH 8 MILES
        WEST OF CONIFER.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 46 MPH AT DENVER
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 28TH.
27-29 IN 1983...A SECOND SURGE OF BITTER COLD AIR IN LESS THAN A
        WEEK WAS LESS INTENSE.  RECORD BREAKING LOW TEMPERATURES
        OF 12 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 28TH AND 15 DEGREES BELOW
        ZERO ON THE 29TH WERE ACCOMPANIED BY 3.7 INCHES OF SNOWFALL
        AND NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTING TO 23 MPH.

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