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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT OCT 14 2017

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

12-14 In 1969...record breaking extremely cold temperatures for so
        early in the season occurred.  The high temperature of
        26 degrees on the 13th was two degrees lower than the
        previous record minimum temperature of 28 degrees for the
        date set in 1885.  The high temperature of 24 degrees on
        the 12th exceeded the record low temperature (22 degrees
        set in 1885) for the date by only 2 degrees.  In addition...
        3 new record low temperatures for the dates were set.  The
        low temperature dipped to 10 degrees on the 12th breaking
        the old record (22 degrees in 1885) by 12 degrees.  On the
        13th the mercury plunged to a low of 3 degrees breaking the
        old record (28 degrees in 1885) by 25 degrees.  On the 14th
        the temperature reached a minimum of 4 degrees breaking the
        old record (25 degrees in 1966) by 21 degrees.
13-14 In 1910...light smoke from nearby forest fires drifted over
        the city.
      In 1966...the first measurable snow of the season caused
        widespread damage to trees and shrubs.  The heavy wet snow
        totaled 6.9 inches at Stapleton International Airport
        where north-northwest winds sustained at 20 to 25 mph and
        gusting to 45 mph caused much blowing and drifting snow.
        South and east of Denver...up to a foot of snow fell.  Heavy
        wet snow accumulations followed by freezing temperatures and
        strong winds resulted in extensive damage to
        and utility lines by falling limbs.  A woman was killed by
        a falling snow laden tree limb in Denver.  Several other
        people received minor injuries from falling tree limbs.
      In 1987...rain drenched metro Denver.  The South Platte Canyon
        area southwest of Denver received the most with 1.11
        inches at Kassler and 1.49 inches upstream at Strontia
        Springs.  At Stapleton International Airport...0.62 inch
        of rain was measured...northwest winds gusted to 29 mph...and
        thunder was heard.
      In 2007...a new 24-hour record of 2.65 inches of precipitation
        was set at Denver International Airport for the month of
        October; breaking the previous record of 2.58 inches set in
13-16 In 1873...smoke from several large forest fires in the mountains
        made the air very hazy in the city.
14    In 1952...the first measurable snowfall of the season left 1.2
        inches of snow at Stapleton Airport.  North winds gusted to
        38 mph.
      In 1974...rain changed to snow early in the day...but snowfall
        totaled only 1.0 inch at Stapleton International Airport
        where northeast winds gusted to 20 mph.

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