Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 100859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT TUE MAY 10 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
8-10 In 1979...4.3 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
Airport where northwest winds gusted to 30 mph on the 8th.
Most of the snowfall...2.3 inches...occurred on the 9th.
High temperature of only 35 degrees on the 9th equaled the
record low maximum for the date.
9-10 In 1889...heavy rainfall totaled 2.15 inches in downtown
Denver. The cold rain was mixed with snow at times
overnight. Temperatures on the 10th ranged from a
high of 38 degrees to a low of 32 degrees with north
winds sustained to 22 mph.
In 2003...a late spring snowstorm hammered the mountains...
eastern foothills...and urban corridor. The heaviest
snowfall occurred north of Interstate 70. The heavy
wet snow caused damage to trees throughout metro Denver
and downed power lines. About 40 thousand people along
the urban corridor were without power. Storm total
snowfall amounts included: 11.5 inches in Louisville...
8 inches in Boulder and Broomfield; 7 inches in
Thornton...Broomfield...at Denver International Airport...
and at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport; and 6 inches 4 miles east of Denver. Snowfall
ranged from 4 to 9 inches across extreme southern Weld
County. In the foothills...15 inches of snow fell near
Jamestown...9 inches at Rollinsville and Rawah...with
8 inches at Chief Hosa and atop Lookout Mountain.
The snow was accompanied by thunder on the afternoon
of the 9th at Denver International Airport where west
winds gusted to 25 mph on the 9th and north winds gusted
to 22 mph on the 10th.
10 In 1875...a windstorm sand-blasted the city from 10:00 AM
until midnight. Northwest winds sustained to 60 mph
brought clouds of sand...which caused high damage to
In 1912...a vigorous cold front produced strong north winds
and rain. North winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts
as high as 60 mph. Rainfall totaled 1.10 inch.
In 1935...no precipitation occurred...making this one of
only two days without precipitation during the entire
month. The other day was the 21st. Precipitation
totaled 4.95 inches for the month.
In 1956...northwest winds gusted to 53 mph at Stapleton
Airport where the visibility was briefly reduced to 1/2
mile in blowing dust.
In 1974...strong winds caused 30 thousand dollars in damage
to a building under construction in Lakewood. Microburst
winds gusted to 46 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1988...lightning struck a house in Boulder...setting it
afire. The house...valued at 170 thousand dollars...was a
In 1989...golf ball size hail fell over southeast Denver near
the junction of I-25 and I-225. Hail to 3/4 inch in
diameter fell over southeast Aurora. Only 3/8 inch hail
fell at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1991...high winds up to 63 mph raked the eastern foothills.
Winds estimated to 50 mph tore a roof from a home in
Lafayette. A tower at Jefferson County Stadium in west
metro Denver was blown over by the high winds. No
injuries were reported. Southeast winds gusting to 48 mph
at Stapleton International Airport produced some blowing
dust. The temperature climbed to a high of 86 degrees...
equaling the record maximum for the date.
In 2005...severe thunderstorms produced hail as large as
2 inches in diameter in and near Longmont.
10-11 In 1918...post-frontal snowfall totaled 4.7 inches in downtown
Denver. Northwest winds gusted to 19 mph on the 10th.
In 1923...winds were strong and gusty on both days. Northwest
winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 44 mph on the
10th. North winds were sustained to 39 mph with gusts to
46 mph behind an apparent cold front on the 11th.
10-12 In 2011...a spring snowstorm brought heavy snow to the Front
Range Foothills and Palmer Divide. Storm totals included:
18 inches...4 miles south-southeast of Pinecliffe; 16 inches
in Coal Creek Canyon; 15 inches...4 miles west-southwest of
Eldorado Springs; 13 inches at Gold Hill...12 inches...4
miles west-southwest of Conifer and 4 miles northwest of
Elizabeth; 11.5 inches...6 miles southwest of Evergreen and
4 miles east-northeast of Nederland; 11 inches...3 miles
east of Jamestown and 10.5 inches...3 miles east of
Franktown and 3 miles south of Golden and 10 inches...10
miles north of Elizabeth. At Denver International Airport...
1 inch of snowfall was observed.