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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SAT JAN 13 2018

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

10-13 In 1963...a Arctic cold wave plunged temperatures well below
        zero across metro Denver.  Temperatures were below zero for
        a total of 64 consecutive hours.  Low temperatures reached
        25 degrees below zero on both the 11th and 12th.  The high
        temperature of 9 degrees below zero on the 11th was the
        coldest ever recorded at Stapleton Airport and equaled
        the record low maximum for the month first set on January downtown Denver.  The high temperature on the
        12th reached only 1 degree below zero.  On the
        18-year-old youth died of exposure from the extreme cold
        in Denver.  There were many losses and damage to property
        from frozen water systems...stalled cars...and over-burdened
        heating systems.  Light snow accompanied the Arctic blast.
        At Stapleton Airport...2.3 inches of snow fell on the 10th
        and 11th.
11-14 In 1997...cold Arctic air plunged temperatures below zero
        across metro Denver.  The temperature was below zero for
        60 consecutive hours from the afternoon on the 11th to
        around daybreak on the 14th.  The high temperature of only
        1 degree below zero on the 12th equaled the record low
        maximum for the date last set in 1963.  The low temperature
        dipped to 14 degrees below zero on the 12th.
12-13 In 1936...strong winds in Boulder blew roofs off homes.  Wind
        gusts over 60 mph were recorded at the University of
        Colorado and a gust to 55 mph measured at Valmont.
      In 2002...high winds developed in the foothills on the 12th
        and spread over the plains on the 13th.  Winds gusted to
        76 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on
        the mesa in Boulder on the 12th.  Northwest winds gusted
        to 49 mph...the highest wind of the Denver
        International Airport on the 13th.  The strongest winds
        were north and northeast of metro Denver.
13    In 1875...the low temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero...
        a record low for the date and climbed to a high of only
        2 degrees below zero...a record low maximum for the date.
      In 1880...the worst wind storm ever experienced in Boulder
        caused some damage and personal injuries.
      In 1893...northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph in the city.
      In 1904...northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
        as high as 50 mph.  The chinook winds warmed the temperature
        to a high of 63 degrees.  The low temperature remained above
        freezing...dipping to only 34 degrees.
      In 1919...snowfall was 1.8 inches in downtown Denver.  Melted
        snow resulted in only 0.12 inch of precipitation.  This
        was the only snowfall and precipitation for the month.
      In 1932...snowfall totaled 3.4 inches in downtown Denver.
        North winds gusted to 22 mph.
      In 1967...high winds in Boulder gusted to 70 mph downtown.
        Some damage occurred.  Northwest winds gusting to 38 mph
        at Stapleton International Airport produced some blowing
      In 1988...high winds occurred in Boulder with a wind gust to
        70 mph at Table Mesa.  In the foothills a wind gust to 82
        mph was measured at Rollinsville.  West winds gusted to
        33 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
13-14 In 1960...snowfall totaled only 4.4 inches and northeast winds
        gusted to 28 mph at Stapleton Airport...while over southeast
        Colorado a near blizzard closed roads with drifts 3 to 6
        feet deep.
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.

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