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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
259 AM MST FRI DEC 26 2014

...TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

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.

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