Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO

Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

NOUS45 KBOU 030959

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN DEC 3 2017

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

1-5   In 1913...the 1st marked the start of the heaviest 5-day
        total snowfall in the city`s history.  During this period
        snowfall totaled 45.7 inches.  Starting on the 1st...snow
        fell intermittently for 3 days and accumulated a little
        over 8 inches.  On the 4th and additional 37.4
        inches of snow fell.  At Georgetown in the foothills west
        of Denver even more snow fell...86 inches over the 5 days
        with the most...63 inches...on the 4th.  In Colorado...snowfall
        was heavy along the eastern slopes of the mountains from the
        Palmer Divide north.  High winds during the storm caused
        heavy drifting...which blocked all transportation.  Snow
        cover of an inch or more from the storm persisted for
        60 consecutive days from the 1st through January 29...1914.
        Additional snowfall in December and January prolonged the
        number of days.  This is the third longest period of snow
        cover on record in the city.
2-3   In 1955...snowfall totaled only 2.9 inches at Stapleton
        Airport.  This was the only measurable snowfall of the
      In heavy snowfall totaled 7.6 inches at
        Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
        gusting to 37 mph caused some blowing snow.
      In 1990...strong downslope winds raked the eastern foothills
        and most of metro Denver.  A wind gust to 87 mph was
        recorded at Rollinsville with wind gusts to 58 mph in
        Arvada and 55 mph in Lakewood.  West winds gusted to
        48 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 2nd.
      In 1997...heavy snow fell in the foothills.  Conifer
        received 10 inches of new snow.  Snowfall totaled
        only 2.4 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport on the 1st...2nd...and 3rd.  North
        winds gusted to 24 mph at Denver International Airport
        on the 2nd.
2-4   In snowfall totaled 6.1 inches in
        downtown Denver.  Most of the snow...5.9 inches...fell
        between 6:00 PM on the 2nd and 6:00 PM on the 3rd.
        North winds were sustained to 18 mph on both the 2nd
        and 3rd.
2-17  In 1939...more than 2 weeks of unseasonably warm weather
        made the month the 3rd warmest on record.  Seven daily
        temperature records were set...including the all time
        record high temperature for the month of 79 degrees on
        the 5th.  Daytime highs were balmy with 14 days in the
        60`s and 70`s.  Low temperatures dipped to freezing or
        below on only 5 days.  The period was dry with only a
        trace of snow on the 12th.
3     In 1977...high winds continued in Boulder and were clocked
        from 74 to 90 mph...causing only minor damage.  Northwest
        winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton International Airport
        where the strong chinook winds warmed the temperature to
        a high of 63 degrees.
      In 1985...wind gusts to 78 mph were clocked at Table Mesa in
        Boulder.  Winds gusted to 70 mph at Echo Lake west of
      In 2011...Another round of snow developed in and near the
        Front Range Foothills. The heaviest snowfall occurred in
        the foothills of Boulder and northern Jefferson Counties.
        Storm totals included: 13 inches...7 miles southwest of
        Boulder; 10.5 inches...4 miles east-northeast of Nederland;
        10 inches at Genesee; 9.5 inches...4 miles west-northwest
        of Boulder; 9 inches at Gross Reservoir and 4 miles east
        of Pinecliffe. Around the Urban Corridor...storm totals
        ranged from 3 to 8 inches...heaviest in and around Boulder.
        At Denver International Airport...3 inches of snow fell.
3-4   In 1968...strong chinook winds in Boulder gusting to 52 mph
        downtown caused 7 thousand dollars in damage.  Flying
        debris damaged cars...houses...and other property in Boulder.
        West winds gusted to 49 mph late on the 3rd and to 45 mph
        on the 4th at Stapleton International Airport where the
        temperature climbed to a high of 60 degrees on the 4th.
      In 1970...strong winds whistled through Boulder.  Sustained
        winds of 40 mph with gusts to 70 mph were recorded at the
        National Bureau of Standards in Boulder.  Wind gusts to 50
        mph occurred in downtown Denver.  No damage was reported.
        On the 3rd...northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport where the chinook winds warmed the
        temperature to a high of 66 degrees on the 4th.
      In 1999...heavy snow fell over the foothills and metro Denver.
        The heaviest snowfall occurred in the foothills south of
        I-70 and near the Palmer Divide.  Snowfall totals included:
        25 inches near Tiny Town; 18 inches at Conifer; 15 inches
        near Evergreen; 14 inches at Chief Hosa...8 miles west of
        Castle Rock...and near Blackhawk; 12 inches at Pine Junction
        and 8 miles south of Sedalia; 11 inches atop Floyd Hill and
        in Roxborough; and 10 inches at Castle Rock.  Around metro
        Denver...snowfall totals included:  10 inches at Highlands
        Ranch...9 inches at Parker...and 8 inches in Aurora and
        Wheat Ridge.  Elsewhere around the metro area...snowfall
        generally ranged from 3 to 5 inches.  Only 3.2 inches of
        snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport.  North winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 3rd.
      In 2007...high winds developed in and near the Front Range
        Foothills.  Peak wind reports included:  88 mph atop Niwot
        Ridge; 87 mph atop Mines Peak; 80 mph...3 miles southeast of
        Jamestown; 78 mph at Longmont; 74 mph at Table Mesa.  A
        few power outages occurred in Longmont as broken branches
        downed power lines.  Northwest winds gusted to 38 mph at
        Denver International Airport on the 4th.
      In 2013...a storm system brought heavy snow to parts of the
        Front Range Foothills.  Storm totals included:  12 inches...
        7 miles west-southwest of Evergreen; 10.5 inches...3 miles
        north of Bailey; 9.5 inches...3 miles west of Jamestown and
        5 miles northeast of Ward; 9 inches in Bailey...8.5 inches...
        3 miles north of Conifer.
3-15  In 1972...a protracted cold spell held an icy grip on metro
        Denver when maximum temperatures never reached above
        freezing for 10 consecutive days from the 3rd through
        the 12th and minimum temperatures dipped below zero on
        eleven consecutive days from the 5th through the 15th.
        Daily low temperature records were set with 15 degrees
        below zero on the 5th...17 degrees below zero on the 6th...
        and 18 degrees below zero on the 10th.  Daily record low
        maximum readings were set with 3 degrees on the 6th and
        6 degrees on the 9th.  The very cold temperatures were
        caused by 3 to 5 inches of snow cover and a Canadian air

$$ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.