Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 130959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST FRI JAN 13 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
10-13 In 1963...a Arctic cold wave plunged temperatures well below
zero across metro Denver. Temperatures were below zero for
a total of 64 consecutive hours. Low temperatures reached
25 degrees below zero on both the 11th and 12th. The high
temperature of 9 degrees below zero on the 11th was the
coldest ever recorded at Stapleton Airport and equaled
the record low maximum for the month first set on January
19...1883...in downtown Denver. The high temperature on the
12th reached only 1 degree below zero. On the 12th...an
18-year-old youth died of exposure from the extreme cold
in Denver. There were many losses and damage to property
from frozen water systems...stalled cars...and over-burdened
heating systems. Light snow accompanied the Arctic blast.
At Stapleton Airport...2.3 inches of snow fell on the 10th
11-14 In 1997...cold Arctic air plunged temperatures below zero
across metro Denver. The temperature was below zero for
60 consecutive hours from the afternoon on the 11th to
around daybreak on the 14th. The high temperature of only
1 degree below zero on the 12th equaled the record low
maximum for the date last set in 1963. The low temperature
dipped to 14 degrees below zero on the 12th.
12-13 In 1936...strong winds in Boulder blew roofs off homes. Wind
gusts over 60 mph were recorded at the University of
Colorado and a gust to 55 mph measured at Valmont.
In 2002...high winds developed in the foothills on the 12th
and spread over the plains on the 13th. Winds gusted to
76 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on
the mesa in Boulder on the 12th. Northwest winds gusted
to 49 mph...the highest wind of the month...at Denver
International Airport on the 13th. The strongest winds
were north and northeast of metro Denver.
13 In 1875...the low temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero...
a record low for the date and climbed to a high of only
2 degrees below zero...a record low maximum for the date.
In 1880...the worst wind storm ever experienced in Boulder
caused some damage and personal injuries.
In 1893...northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph in the city.
In 1904...northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
as high as 50 mph. The chinook winds warmed the temperature
to a high of 63 degrees. The low temperature remained above
freezing...dipping to only 34 degrees.
In 1919...snowfall was 1.8 inches in downtown Denver. Melted
snow resulted in only 0.12 inch of precipitation. This
was the only snowfall and precipitation for the month.
In 1932...snowfall totaled 3.4 inches in downtown Denver.
North winds gusted to 22 mph.
In 1967...high winds in Boulder gusted to 70 mph downtown.
Some damage occurred. Northwest winds gusting to 38 mph
at Stapleton International Airport produced some blowing
In 1988...high winds occurred in Boulder with a wind gust to
70 mph at Table Mesa. In the foothills a wind gust to 82
mph was measured at Rollinsville. West winds gusted to
33 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
13-14 In 1960...snowfall totaled only 4.4 inches and northeast winds
gusted to 28 mph at Stapleton Airport...while over southeast
Colorado a near blizzard closed roads with drifts 3 to 6
13-16 In 1888...a cold air mass settled over the city and caused
temperatures to plunge well below zero on four consecutive
days...but only one temperature record was set. Minimum
temperatures dipped to 4 degrees below zero on the 13th...
19 degrees below zero on the 14th...20 degrees below zero
on the 15th...and 11 degrees below zero on the 16th. The
maximum temperature of only 4 degrees below zero on the
14th was a record low maximum for the date. North winds
were sustained to 30 mph on the 13th.