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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
645 PM MDT SAT AUG 16 2014

...THIS WEEK IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

16-19 IN 1979...HEAVY THUNDERSTORM RAINS ON EACH OF 4 CONSECUTIVE
        DAYS DUMPED A TOTAL OF 2.62 INCHES OF RAIN ON STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE HEAVIEST RAIN...1.05 INCHES...
        ON THE 19TH WAS ACCOMPANIED BY 1/4 INCH DIAMETER HAIL.
17    IN 1953...A TORNADO WAS SIGHTED 8 MILES EAST OF CASTLE ROCK.
        AN UNCONFIRMED TORNADO WAS SIGHTED BETWEEN DENVER AND
        STRASBURG.  NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.
      IN 1963...HEAVY RAIN IN SOUTHEAST DENVER...ENGLEWOOD...AND
        LITTLETON CAUSED FLOODING OF BASEMENTS AND STREETS.  OVER
        3.00 INCHES OF RAIN FELL AT CHERRY CREEK DAM.  LIGHTNING
        CAUSED POWER FAILURES.  THE HARDEST HIT AREAS WERE IN NORTH-
        CENTRAL DENVER.  A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS SWEPT INTO A CONDUIT
        BY A 3-FOOT HIGH CREST OF WATER.  HE WAS CARRIED 125 FEET
        THROUGH THE WATERWAY...BUT WAS UNHURT.  THUNDERSTORM
        RAINFALL TOTALED ONLY 0.24 INCH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.
      IN 1972...A THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST TO 53 MPH WAS RECORDED AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  STRONG WINDS ALSO OCCURRED
        IN THE LITTLETON AREA WHERE SEVERAL TREES AND UTILITY POLES
        WERE BLOWN OVER AND A NUMBER OF WINDOWS BROKEN.
      IN 1978...1 3/4 INCH DIAMETER HAIL WAS REPORTED IN THORNTON.
      IN 1982...HEAVY RAIN OCCURRED IN THE FOOTHILLS SOUTHWEST OF
        DENVER WHERE 4.50 INCHES FELL IN 75 MINUTES BETWEEN
        EVERGREEN AND CONIFER.  NEARBY...2.66 INCHES OF RAIN
        DRENCHED THE NORTH TURKEY CREEK CANYON AREA IN JUST 15
        MINUTES.
      IN 1984...SCATTERED SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS DUMPED HEAVY
        RAIN ACROSS SOUTHERN METRO DENVER.  THE HEAVY RAIN CAUSED
        SOME ROAD WASHOUTS IN JEFFERSON AND DOUGLAS COUNTIES.  A
        BRIDGE WAS WASHED OUT IN DOUGLAS COUNTY.  THREE INCHES OF
        RAIN FELL IN JUST AN HOUR AT CASTLE ROCK...CAUSING HEAVY
        SILT DAMAGE TO A HOME AND TO NEARBY DRAINAGE DITCHES.
      IN 1988...A THUNDERSTORM DUMPED 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN IN
        SOUTHEAST DENVER AND ADJACENT AREAS OF ARAPAHOE COUNTY
        IN LESS THAN 90 MINUTES.  THERE WAS WIDESPREAD STREET
        FLOODING...AND I-25 WAS CLOSED BY 4 FEET OF WATER NEAR ITS
        INTERSECTION WITH I-225 JUST SOUTH OF DENVER.  A FLOOD
        CONTROL PROJECT IN ARAPAHOE COUNTY AT GREENWOOD VILLAGE
        SUSTAINED OVER 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS DAMAGE.  UP TO 4 FEET
        OF WATER FLOODED SOME BASEMENTS IN THE AREA.  ONLY 0.44
        INCH OF RAIN FELL AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1990...HEAVY THUNDERSTORM RAINS OVER THE BOULDER CREEK
        AND ST. VRAIN CREEK DRAINAGE BASINS CAUSED MANY CREEKS AND
        DRAINAGE DITCHES TO RISE IN EASTERN BOULDER AND SOUTHWEST
        WELD COUNTIES.  THE HIGH WATERS PUNCHED THREE 30-FOOT HOLES
        IN THE EMBANKMENT OF A DRAINAGE DITCH...WHICH TRAVERSED
        THROUGH THE TOWN OF FIRESTONE...20 MILES NORTH OF DENVER.
        A SHEET OF WATER 2 TO 3 FEET DEEP RUSHED OUT ONTO THE
        STREETS OF FIRESTONE...FORCING THE EVACUATION OF A TRAILER
        PARK AND RESIDENTS FROM 50 NEIGHBORING HOMES.  NO INJURIES
        OR SERIOUS DAMAGE OCCURRED EXCEPT FOR MUD AND WATER DAMAGE.
        LIGHTNING STRUCK AND INJURED 4 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
        STANDING IN AN AURORA FIELD.  THEY RECEIVED TREATMENT FOR
        MINOR INJURIES AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL.  LIGHTNING ALSO
        STRUCK THE ROOF OF A METHODIST CHURCH IN CENTRAL DENVER...
        KNOCKING DOWN THE HIGHEST PEAK OF THE STEEPLE.  A HALF
        DOZEN PEOPLE WERE IN THE BUILDING...BUT NO ONE WAS INJURED.
        SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS DUMPED 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN OVER
        SOUTHEAST AURORA IN 90 MINUTES.  THE HEAVY RAIN ACCUMULATED
        ON THE ROOF OF A CONDOMINIUM CLUBHOUSE...CAUSING THE ROOF TO
        COLLAPSE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE WATER.  NEARLY 300
        RESIDENTS WERE EVACUATED FROM THE 200-UNIT COMPLEX BECAUSE
        OF THE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.  THE RESIDENTS WERE ALLOWED TO
        RETURN TO THEIR HOMES WHEN IT WAS DETERMINED THE DAMAGE WAS
        CONFINED TO THE CLUBHOUSE.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
      IN 1993...JUST WEST OF FORT LUPTON...THUNDERSTORM WINDS BLEW
        THE TIN ROOF OFF A CATTLE SHELTER INTO A MOBILE HOME...
        CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO THE MOBILE HOME.
      IN 1997...LIGHTNING STRUCK A HOME IN CASTLE ROCK SPARKING A
        FIRE.  DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
      IN 2000...THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN...UP TO 3.50
        INCHES IN SPOTS...CAUSED FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODING ACROSS
        METRO DENVER.  IN COMMERCE CITY...A 37-YEAR-OLD FIREFIGHTER
        DROWNED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO RESCUE A STRANDED MOTORIST ON
        A FLOODED STREET.  THE FIREFIGHTER WAS WADING THROUGH THE
        WATER WHEN HE LOST HIS FOOTING AND WAS SUCKED INTO A 10
        FOOT DEEP CULVERT.  HE WAS SWEPT AWAY BEFORE ANYONE COULD
        REACH HIM.  EXTENSIVE FLOODING WAS ALSO REPORTED THROUGHOUT
        LITTLETON AND NORTH DENVER.
18    IN 1965...HEAVY RAIN IN AREAS SOUTH AND EAST OF DENVER CAUSED
        SOME FLOODING IN LITTLETON AND ENGLEWOOD.  CLEAR CREEK WAS
        RUNNING NEAR BANKFULL...AND HEAVY RAIN IN SOUTHWEST DENVER
        FLOODED INTERSECTIONS.
      IN 1966...A BRIEF VERY HEAVY THUNDERSTORM DUMPED 0.61 INCH OF
        RAIN IN JUST 5 MINUTES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
        TOTAL RAINFALL FROM THE STORM...0.64 INCH...FELL IN JUST 10
        MINUTES.  HALF INCH DIAMETER HAIL ALSO FELL AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE PUBLIC SIGHTED FUNNEL CLOUDS 10
        TO 15 MILES SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT.
      IN 1967...HAIL STRUCK IN A STRIP ALONG THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS
        AND CAUSED MINOR DAMAGE IN BOULDER.  HAIL ACCUMULATED TO A
        DEPTH OF 4 TO 6 INCHES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY JUST SOUTHWEST
        OF DENVER.
      IN 1983...ONE INCH TO HEN EGG SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED IN
        BROOMFIELD WITH GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL AT NORTHGLENN.
      IN 1990...DIME SIZE HAIL AND THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 50 MPH
        WERE REPORTED BY STORM SPOTTERS JUST EAST OF AURORA NEAR
        THE INTERSECTION OF MISSISSIPPI AVENUE AND GUN CLUB ROAD.
        THE HAIL AND STRONG WINDS DAMAGED A NUMBER OF WINDOWS IN
        THE AREA.
      IN 1991...VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS
        DUMPED UP TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN IN 20 MINUTES IN THE VICINITY
        OF IDAHO SPRINGS AND CENTRAL CITY.  FLOODING IN IDAHO
        SPRINGS FORCED THE CLOSURE OF THE VIRGINIA GULCH ROAD...WHICH
        RUNS FROM IDAHO SPRINGS TO CENTRAL CITY.  DIRT ROADS ABOVE
        CENTRAL CITY WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED WITH THE MUD BEING
        SWEPT ONTO STREETS IN TOWN.  HIGH WATER IN CLEAR CREEK...UP
        TO 3 FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE...WASHED OUT A BRIDGE IN IDAHO
        SPRINGS.  ROCK AND MUD SLIDES FORCED THE CLOSURE OF I-70
        ABOUT 1 MILE EAST OF IDAHO SPRINGS.
      IN 1997...DRY MICROBURSTS PRODUCED TWO PEAK WIND GUSTS TO
        AN ESTIMATED 60 MPH EAST OF BUCKLEY FIELD.
      IN 2000...HAIL AS LARGE AS 3/4 INCH IN DIAMETER WAS MEASURED
        5 MILES WEST OF SEDALIA.
      IN 2003...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED HAIL AS LARGE AS
        2.75 INCHES IN DIAMETER AT HIGHLANDS RANCH.  HAIL TO 3/4
        INCH WAS REPORTED IN AURORA NEAR CHERRY CREEK AND IN
        ARAPAHOE COUNTY 9 MILES SOUTHEAST OF AURORA.
      IN 2004...HEAVY THUNDERSTORM RAINFALL CAUSED FLASH FLOODING
        ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN METRO DENVER.  A RAIN GAGE AT
        CITY PARK RECORDED 4.37 INCHES OF RAINFALL FROM THE DELUGE.
        SEVERAL ROADS IN AND AROUND THE CITY HAD TO BE CLOSED DUE
        TO FLOODWATERS...STRANDING MANY VEHICLES.  THE DENVER FIRE
        DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED AT LEAST 15 WATER RESCUES.  ONE DRIVER
        NEARLY DROWNED WHEN HE MADE A WRONG TURN INTO A RETAINING
        POND.  FOUR MEN WHO WITNESSED THE ACCIDENT WERE ABLE TO SAVE
        THE MAN BEFORE HIS CAR WAS COMPLETELY SUBMERGED.  WIDESPREAD
        STREET FLOODING WAS REPORTED IN THE DENVER STAPLETON AREA
        WHERE RAINFALL TOTALED 3.81 INCHES.  STANDING WATER OVER
        6 INCHES DEEP WAS REPORTED NEAR I-70 AND QUEBEC...I-225 SOUTH
        OF I-70...AND I-25 NEAR 6TH AVENUE.  FLOOD WATERS REACHED
        8 FEET DEEP IN SOME LOW LYING AREAS AS SEWERS BECAME CLOGGED
        AND THE STORM RUNOFF PIPES WERE UNABLE TO HANDLE THE HEAVY
        FLOW OF WATER.  HEAVY RAINFALL CAUSED ADDITIONAL FLASH
        FLOODING SOUTH OF DENVER.  SEVERAL STREET INTERSECTIONS IN
        CENTENNIAL AND SOUTHERN AURORA BECAME IMPASSABLE DUE TO HIGH
        WATER.  TWO FEET OF WATER COVERED PORTIONS OF THE ROADWAY NEAR
        PARK MEADOWS MALL.  ONE PERSON HAD TO BE RESCUED NEAR THE
        INTERSECTION OF ARAPAHOE ROAD AND LIVERPOOL.  FLOODWATERS
        FORCED THE CLOSURE OF STONEGATE PARKWAY NEAR JORDAN ROAD AND
        LINCOLN AVENUE.  FLOODING WAS ALSO REPORTED ON MERIDIAN BLVD.
        NEAR I-25.  RAINFALL WAS 1.62 INCHES AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.
18-19 IN 1875...NEARLY 0.75 INCH OF RAINFALL IN THE CITY OVERNIGHT...
        POSSIBLY ASSISTED BY HEAVIER RAINFALL UPSTREAM...PRODUCED A
        DECIDED AND RAPID RISE IN CHERRY CREEK...WHICH WASHED OUT
        SOME BRIDGES.  OTHER SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS WERE FILLED
        TO OVERFLOWING.
19    IN 1983...HEAVY RAIN FELL ACROSS THE NORTHERN METRO DENVER
        SUBURBS WITH 1.50 TO 1.80 INCHES OF RAIN IN BROOMFIELD...
        ARVADA...AND THORNTON.
      IN 1989...LIGHTNING KILLED A 31-YEAR-OLD MAN AND INJURED HIS
        10 YEAR OLD NEPHEW WHEN IT HIT A TREE THEY WERE WALKING
        UNDER IN THE FOOTHILLS ABOUT 5 MILES WEST OF BOULDER.  THE
        BOY RECEIVED MOUTH TO MOUTH RESUSCITATION ON THE SCENE AND
        RECOVERED AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED OVERNIGHT.  THREE OTHER
        PEOPLE WERE KNOCKED TO THE GROUND BY THE BOLT...BUT WERE
        UNINJURED.
      IN 1990...3/4 INCH DIAMETER HAIL WAS REPORTED IN WHEAT RIDGE.
        A THUNDERSTORM OVER WEST DENVER DUMPED AN INCH OF RAIN IN
        20 MINUTES...CAUSING MINOR STREET FLOODING.  ONE INCH
        DIAMETER HAIL WAS REPORTED OVER EAST DENVER.  PING PONG TO
        GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED 14 MILES NORTHEAST OF
        DENVER AT THE INTERSECTION OF 122ND AVE. AND BRIGHTON BLVD.
        THE HAIL STONES KNOCKED OUT WINDOWS AND DID AN UNSPECIFIED
        AMOUNT OF DAMAGE TO THE ROOF OF A HOUSE.  CLOSE BY...HEAVY
        THUNDERSTORM RAINS CAUSED GULLIES...IRRIGATION DITCHES...AND
        SMALL STREAMS TO OVERFLOW THEIR BANKS NEAR THE INTERSECTION
        OF 120TH AVENUE AND RIVERDALE ROAD.  FLOOD WATERS 1 TO 2
        FEET DEEP COVERED THE RIVER BOTTOM LAND ALONG THE SOUTH
        PLATTE RIVER.  HOWEVER...NO STRUCTURES WERE THREATENED BY
        THE FLOOD WATERS.
      IN 1999...HEAVY RAIN...UP TO 5 INCHES IN TWO HOURS...CAUSED
        EAST TOLLGATE CREEK TO JUMP ITS BANKS.  THE BIKE PATH
        ADJACENT TO THE CREEK WAS UNDERWATER AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS.
        SEVERAL UNDERPASSES WERE ALSO FLOODED...HALTING TRAFFIC.
        IN ADDITION...AN UNFINISHED PLAYGROUND AT A LOCAL ELEMENTARY
        SCHOOL WAS COMPLETELY FLOODED.  LIGHTNING STRUCK A VEHICLE
        AT EAST EVANS AVENUE AND TOWER ROAD.  THE WOMAN INSIDE THE
        VEHICLE WAS NOT INJURED.
19-30 IN 1875...GRASSHOPPERS APPEARED IN GREAT NUMBERS AT 10:00 AM
        ON THE 19TH.  THOUSANDS LANDED ON THE GROUND.  THE STREETS
        WERE LITERALLY COVERED WITH THEM.  SWARMS OF GRASSHOPPERS
        WERE SEEN ON EACH DAY.  ALL GARDENS IN THE CITY WERE
        DEVASTATED...AND IN THE COUNTRYSIDE THE GRASSHOPPERS WERE
        VERY DESTRUCTIVE TO RIPENED GRAIN.  ON THE 30TH THE
        GRASSHOPPERS WERE SO NUMEROUS AS TO ALMOST DARKEN THE SUN.
20    IN 1980...WINDS TO 55 TO 60 MPH WERE RECORDED IN SOUTH
        BOULDER.
      IN 1982...STRONG THUNDERSTORM WINDS BLASTED THE JEFFERSON
        COUNTY AIRPORT NEAR BROOMFIELD...CAUSING AN ESTIMATED 3
        MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.  AT LEAST 5 HANGARS AND 15
        AIRPLANES WERE DAMAGED...MANY SERIOUSLY; ONE HANGAR WAS
        COMPLETELY DESTROYED.  TORRENTIAL RAINS ACCOMPANIED THE
        WINDS.  HEAVY RAINS ALSO DUMPED ON BOULDER WHERE 1.65
        INCHES FELL IN JUST 15 MINUTES...CAUSING STREET FLOODING.
        WIND GUSTS TO 72 MPH WERE RECORDED IN BOULDER.  OVER HALF
        AN INCH OF RAIN FELL IN JUST 5 MINUTES IN LITTLETON WHERE
        TWO HOMES WERE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.  LIGHTNING ALSO STRUCK
        A HOUSE IN ARVADA WHERE OVER AN INCH OF RAIN SENT RALSTON
        CREEK OVER ITS BANKS.  STRONG WINDS ACCOMPANIED THE STORMS.
      IN 1984...SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS DUMPED 1.25 INCHES OF RAIN
        IN EVERGREEN...CAUSING STREET FLOODING.  A HALF INCH OF RAIN
        FELL IN JUST 18 MINUTES IN SOUTHEAST DENVER.  LITTLETON AND
        BOULDER WERE ALSO DRENCHED WITH ABOUT AN INCH OF RAIN.
        RAINFALL TOTALED 0.92 INCH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.
      IN 2001...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED DAMAGING WINDS AND
        LARGE HAIL ACROSS METRO DENVER.  HAIL AS LARGE 1 INCH IN
        DIAMETER FELL IN AURORA NEAR CHERRY CREEK.  STRONG
        THUNDERSTORM WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 58 MPH BLEW THE ROOF
        FROM A BUILDING BETWEEN THORNTON AND DENVER AND TOPPLED
        SEVERAL TREES IN DENVER.  ONE TREE LANDED ON A MAIL TRUCK.
        OTHER THUNDERSTORM WINDS WERE CLOCKED TO 60 MPH NEAR PARKER...
        62 MPH IN BROOMFIELD...AND 61 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.
      IN 2006...A TORNADO (F0) TOUCHED DOWN NEAR BENNETT...BUT CAUSED
        NO REPORTED DAMAGE.
21    IN 1876...HEAVY THUNDERSTORM RAIN AND HAIL STRUCK THE CITY.
        HAIL STONES AS LARGE AS PARTRIDGE EGGS ACCUMULATED TO A
        DEPTH OF 1 1/2 FEET OVER EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE CITY.
        THE HEAVY RAINFALL FLOODED STREETS AND GUTTERS.  HOWEVER...
        NO SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.  RAINFALL TOTALED 0.85
        INCH IN CENTRAL DENVER.
      IN 1903...A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED WEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO
        42 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 48 MPH.
      IN 1957...HEAVY THUNDERSTORM RAINFALL AND HAIL OVER THE BEAR
        CREEK BASIN FLOODED PORTIONS OF STATE HIGHWAY 8 IN AND NEAR
        MORRISON.  THERE WAS ALSO MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE IN MORRISON.
      IN 1995...A 68-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING WHILE
        STANDING NEAR A TREE IN BRIGHTON.
      IN 2006...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED 7/8 INCH DIAMETER
        HAIL IN FRANKTOWN.
22    IN 1898...AN APPARENT THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED SOUTHWEST
        SUSTAINED WINDS TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 43 MPH.
      IN 1903...A LATE AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED RAIN...HAIL...
        AND EAST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 44 MPH.
      IN 1904...THE LOWEST RECORDED TEMPERATURE IN AUGUST...40
        DEGREES...OCCURRED.  THE SAME TEMPERATURE ALSO OCCURRED ON
        THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS...AUGUST 24...25...AND 26 IN 1910.
      IN 1965...HEAVY RAIN AND HAIL CAUSED SOME DAMAGE FROM FLOODING
        OVER NORTHERN DOUGLAS COUNTY FROM CASTLE ROCK TO FRANKTOWN.
      IN 1981...THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS METRO DENVER.  AT LEAST
        5 FUNNEL CLOUD SIGHTINGS WERE REPORTED.  FUNNEL CLOUDS
        WERE SEEN AT 96TH AVE. AND SHERIDAN BLVD. AND AT 92ND AVE.
        AND FEDERAL BLVD. IN WESTMINSTER AND 7 MILES NORTH OF
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  LIGHTNING INJURED TWO
        PEOPLE IN BOULDER.  A QUARTER INCH OF RAIN FELL IN JUST
        5 MINUTES IN BRIGHTON.  UP TO 3/4 INCH OF RAIN DOUSED
        PARKER IN 30 MINUTES.
      IN 1983...3/4 INCH DIAMETER HAIL WAS REPORTED AT KITTREDGE...
        ALONG WITH 0.60 INCH OF RAIN IN 25 MINUTES.
      IN 1984...A THUNDERSTORM DUMPED 4 INCHES OF RAIN ON BRIGHTON
        IN 90 MINUTES...CAUSING EXTENSIVE STREET FLOODING IN THE
        DOWNTOWN AREA.
      IN 1987...OVER AN INCH OF RAIN FELL IN 24 HOURS THROUGHOUT
        MOST OF METRO DENVER.  A PUBLIC LIBRARY SUFFERED WATER
        DAMAGE TO THE CEILING...CARPET...AND A FEW BOOKS.  RAINFALL
        WAS 0.76 INCH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1990...LIGHTNING KNOCKED OUT POWER TO ABOUT 2500 HOMES IN
        LAKEWOOD FOR ABOUT AN HOUR.
      IN 1991...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SIGHTED AN APPARENT TORNADO BRIEFLY
        ON THE GROUND 3 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF THE AIRPORT.  NO
         DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.
      IN 1995...LIGHTNING STRUCK 3 ELECTRICAL POWER SUBSTATIONS IN
        LOUISVILLE.  RESIDENCES OF MORE THAN 4500 PEOPLE WERE
        WITHOUT POWER FROM 30 MINUTES TO MORE THAN AN HOUR.
      IN 1996...BETWEEN 1 AND 3 INCHES OF RAIN FELL ACROSS METRO
        DENVER.  AS A RESULT...SEVERAL LOW LYING AREAS WERE FLOODED.
        A BICYCLIST WAS SWEPT INTO A FAST MOVING CREEK WHEN HE
        TRIED TO CROSS A FLOODED BIKE PATH.  THE MAN WAS WASHED
        DOWNSTREAM ABOUT 15 FEET BEFORE GETTING SNAGGED BY A TREE
        STUMP.  HE AND A MAN WHO TRIED TO RESCUE HIM RECEIVED
        MINOR INJURIES.  THE HEAVY RAIN CAUSED NUMEROUS POWER
        OUTAGES...FALSE FIRE ALARMS...AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.  IN
        LAKEWOOD...TELEPHONE SERVICE TO AROUND 60 THOUSAND
        RESIDENTS WAS KNOCKED OUT WHEN A SWITCHING CENTER WAS
        FLOODED.  FUNNEL CLOUDS WERE SIGHTED NEAR CHATFIELD
        RESERVOIR AND HIGHLANDS RANCH.
      IN 2000...LIGHTNING SPARKED A BLAZE WHICH GUTTED A 10-UNIT
        APARTMENT BUILDING IN HIGHLANDS RANCH.  TWENTY-EIGHT
        PEOPLE WERE LEFT HOMELESS.  DAMAGE WAS ESTIMATED AT
        2 MILLION DOLLARS.
       IN 2007...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED LARGE HAIL...UP TO
        1 1/4 INCHES IN DIAMETER...IN THE VICINITIES OF CASTLE ROCK...
        ELIZABETH AND FRANKTOWN.
22-24 IN 1987...SOME LOCATIONS IN METRO DENVER HAD A TOTAL 3-DAY
        RAINFALL OF 2 TO 4 INCHES.  RAINFALL TOTALED 0.96 INCH
        AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
23    IN 1900...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH WITH
        GUSTS TO 49 MPH.
      IN 1921...A THUNDERSTORM CLOUDBURST PRODUCED 2.20 INCHES OF
        RAINFALL IN AN HOUR OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER.  THIS IS THE
        GREATEST 1 HOUR RAINFALL ON RECORD AT THE OFFICIAL
        OBSERVING SITE IN THE CITY.  PRECIPITATION TOTALED 2.93
        INCHES...WHICH IS THE GREATEST CALENDAR DAY PRECIPITATION
        EVER RECORDED IN AUGUST.
      IN 1941...ONE MAN WAS KILLED BY LIGHTNING ABOUT 2 MILES FROM
        THE OFFICIAL WEATHER STATION IN DOWNTOWN DENVER.
      IN 1962...A HOME NEAR BOULDER WAS DESTROYED BY A LIGHTNING-
        CAUSED FIRE.
      IN 1968...STRONG WINDS BUFFETED BOULDER BRIEFLY DURING THE
        EARLY MORNING HOURS.  AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR
        ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH...WINDS AVERAGED 55 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
        85 MPH.  DAMAGE WAS MINOR.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO
        31 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1977...LIGHTNING DAMAGED AT LEAST 6 HOMES IN AURORA.
      IN 2008...A LANDSPOUT TOUCHED DOWN NEAR WESTCREEK IN DOUGLAS
        COUNTY.  ONE MAN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN HE TRIED TO
        ESCAPED SEVERAL FALLING TREES IN HIS ATV.  ONE OF THE TREES
        STRUCK HIS BACK AND BROKE TWO VERTEBRA.  ANOTHER CAMPER
        NARROWLY ESCAPED INJURY.  SECONDS AFTER HE BACK UP HIS
        TRUCK...A TREE CAME DOWN WHERE IT HAD BEEN PARKED.

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