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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT THU JUL 6 2017

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

29-15 In 2000...the 29th marked the beginning of a near record hot
        streak for metro Denver.  The high recorded
        at Denver International Airport...exceeded the 90 degree mark
        for 17 consecutive days from June 29th through July 15th.
        The record of 24 consecutive 90 degree or above days was
        set from July 13th through August 5th...2008.
1-18  In 1874...a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        tied for second with another streak that was later set
        in the summer of 1901. The record of 24 consecutive days
        was established in the summer of 2008.
1-31  In was the hottest July on record in Denver since
        weather records began in 1872.  The average temperature for
        the month was 78.9 degrees which was 4.7 degrees above
        normal. There were 27 days in which the high temperature
        equaled or exceeded 90 degrees...which established a new
        record.  There were also 7 days in which the temperature
        equaled or exceeded 100 degrees which tied the record
        set in 2005.
4-8   In of the most intense heat waves on record roasted
        metro Denver.  The temperature reached 100 degrees or more
        on 5 consecutive days.  The city had previously never
        recorded more than 2 straight 100-degree days since records
        began in 1872.  Water and electricity usage reached all time
        highs.  The heat wave created extremely dry weather
        conditions...which contributed to a major forest fire in
        Boulder Canyon on July 9th.  The temperature reached 103
        degrees on the 8th...and the mercury climbed to 101 degrees
        on both the 4th and 5th...and to 102 degrees on both the
        6th and 7th.  The low temperature of 68 degrees on the 8th
        equaled the record high minimum for the date.
6     In 1876...the high temperature reached 101 degrees in
        downtown Denver.
      In 1943...four people were injured by lightning in Denver
        during a severe early evening thunderstorm.  At least
        two houses were set on fire by the lightning.  One house
        had $1500 in damage and the other $1000.
      In 1959...wind and lightning caused some damage in metro
        Denver.  Wind gusts to 67 mph blew down power lines...signs...
        and trees.  Lightning struck several transformers...leaving
        many areas without power.
      In 1971...a microburst wind gust to 68 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1973...the temperature reached a high of 103 degrees.
        This was the second consecutive day with a temperature
        of 100 degrees or more.
      In 1984...a weak tornado moved through eastern Aurora.  About
        10 homes sustained minor damage to roofs; some sections of
        fence were thrown more than a block.  Soft inch in
        diameter...fell over central Aurora...and 1.35 inches of rain
        fell in just 45 minutes...5 miles east of Buckley Field.
        Torrential rain and hail stopped traffic on I-225 in central
        Aurora for 15 minutes.  Street flooding was widespread.  A
        wind gust to 57 mph was recorded in southeast Aurora.  A
        wind gust to 66 mph was reported at Front Range Airport near
        Bennett.  Northwest winds gusted to 44 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport where only 1/8 inch hail fell.
      In inch diameter hail fell near Conifer in the
        foothills west of Denver.  The storm produced 1.50 inches of
        rain in an hour with a storm total of 2.15 inches.  Nearby
        Buffalo Creek was drenched with 0.80 inch of rain in
        just 10 minutes.
      In 1996...3/4 inch diameter hail fell in Bennett...east of
        Denver. large as 1 1/2 inches in diameter...
        damaged several vehicles in the parking lot of the
        Colorado Speedway race track near Dacono north of Denver.
        Several trees were also damaged.
      In 2001...a severe thunderstorm wind gust to 59 mph was
        recorded at Denver International Airport...along with small
      In 2009...hail up to 1 inch in diameter was observed near
      In 2010...heavy rain caused flash flooding near Interstate 70
        at the Byers exit.  Two feet of water was observed moving
        across the bottom of exit ramp.  One car was washed into a
        tree but no one was injured.  In addition...severe
        thunderstorms produced hail up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter
        near Franktown.  At Denver International Airport...only 0.01
        inches of rainfall was observed.  A peak wind gust to 45
        mph from the west was also recorded.
6-23  In 1901...a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        tied for second with another streak set in the summer of
        1874. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in
        the summer of 2008.

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