Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 170859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT MON OCT 17 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
15-17 In 1989...an autumn snowstorm hit metro Denver with 2 to 6
inches of snow. Snowfall totaled 4.4 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where the maximum snow depth on the
ground was only 3 inches due to melting and north winds
gusted to 25 mph on the 15th. The heavy wet snow caused
leafy branches to sag onto power lines...resulting in a
number of power outages. Five thousand homes were blacked
out in Boulder on the 16th. Up to a foot of snow fell in
the higher foothills with 19 inches recorded at Echo Lake.
16-17 In 1990...strong downslope winds raked the eastern foothills.
Wind gusts from 60 to 75 mph were common. Strong winds in
metro Denver resulted in wave damage to a dock used to moor
several private sail boats at Cherry Creek Reservoir.
Damage was confined to the dock and two anchor cables.
A northwest wind gust to 43 mph was recorded at Stapleton
17 In 1878...strong winds reached sustained speeds of 48 mph.
In 1988...a wind gust to 62 mph was recorded in central
Boulder. The strong winds caused a few brief power
outages. An old smoldering brush fire in the foothills
west of Boulder was re-ignited by the wind gusts.
In 1994...winds gusted to 85 mph atop Squaw Mountain...5 miles
south of Idaho Springs.
In 2006...a potent storm system brought heavy snowfall to the
mountains and eastern foothills. Snowfall totals in the
foothills included: 14 inches at Blackhawk...13.5 inches
near Idaho Springs...13 inches at Cabin Creek...12.5 inches
at Aspen Springs and Echo Lake...11.5 inches at Georgetown
and Rollinsville...10.5 inches near Jamestown...and 10 inches
at Grant and Lake Eldora. Lesser snow amounts...from 4 to 9
inches...were recorded elsewhere in the foothills. Snowfall
totaled only 3.5 inches in the Denver Stapleton area. At
Denver International Airport...north winds gusted to 31 mph.
In 2012...A brief but powerful windstorm associated with a
fast moving cold front across the Urban Corridor and
adjacent plains during in the evening. Peak wind gusts
ranging from 58 to 71 mph downed trees and power lines
which damaged homes and vehicles. Several temporary
structures were also damaged. Approximately fifty thousand
were left without power in the Denver...Fort Collins and
Greeley areas. Some schools were closed the following day
until power could be restored. Around the Denver area...peak
wind gusts included: 69 mph in Golden...64 mph at Littleton...
62 mph at Buckley AFB and in Denver...near the intersecton of
Walnut St. and Interstate 25...and Longmont; 59 mph at
Centennial Airport...58 mph at Denver City Park...Highlands
Ranch. At Denver International Airport...a peak wind gust to
35 mph was observed from the northwest.
17-19 In 1908...a moist...heavy...wet snowfall totaled 13.0 inches in
downtown Denver over the 3 days. Rain from early morning
on the 17th changed to snow by late afternoon and continued
through the late morning of the 19th. Due to temperatures
in the 30`s and melting...the most snow on the ground was
only 5.0 inches at 6:00 PM on the 18th. Northwest to
northeast winds were sustained between 12 and 20 mph during
the storm. Precipitation totaled 1.82 inches.