Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 270959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN NOV 27 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
25-27 In 1978...heavy snowfall of 6.0 inches was measured at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 20 mph. Most of the snow...4.8 inches...fell on the 25th.
The greatest amount of snow measured on the ground was
5 inches due to settling and melting.
25-28 In 1952...the average coldest 4-day period in November in the
previous 81 years of record occurred. Maximum temperatures
of 19...15...21...and 25 degrees were recorded. Minimum
temperatures were below zero each day with readings of
7 below...6 below...5 below...and 6 below.
25-29 In 1985...dense fog with visibilities as low as 1/8 mile
occurred on five consecutive days at Stapleton International
Airport. The fog was at times accompanied by light snow...
light freezing drizzle...or ice crystals. Fog occurred all
day on both the 26th and 29th.
26-27 In 1876...heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches over the city
from 5:00 PM on the 26th through 5:00 P.M. on the 27th.
Precipitation was 0.30 inch on the 25th and 0.60 inch
on the 27th.
In 1919...an incursion of cold Arctic air produced snowfall
of 4.6 inches over downtown Denver. Temperatures dipped
to 5 degrees below zero on the evening of the 26th and
recovered to a high of only 1 degree below zero on the
27th...the all-time record low maximum for the month of
November and the record for the date. Northwest winds
were sustained to 25 mph with gusts to 26 mph on the 26th.
In 1923...snowfall of 2.0 inches was the only snow of the
month. North winds were sustained to 22 mph on the 26th.
In 1972...heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where north winds gusted to only
18 mph on the 27th.
In 1983...a Thanksgiving blizzard dumped 21.5 inches of
snowfall in 37 hours with a maximum of 18 inches on the
ground at Stapleton International Airport. The storm
produced howling winds...which paralyzed Thanksgiving
weekend transportation across all of eastern Colorado.
On the 27th...Stapleton International Airport closed...
opening 24 hours later. Interstate highways were closed
in all directions...but west...from Denver. At Stapleton
International Airport...north winds gusted to 36 mph on the
26th and to 29 mph on the 27th. However...most wind speeds
across metro Denver were 15 to 30 mph. Temperatures
hovered in the teens and lower 20`s. Many stores and
businesses closed. Several high school football games
were postponed. Across metro Denver...snow depth varied
from 15 inches in Commerce City to 28 inches near
Chatfield Reservoir. Snow removal in Denver was
estimated at 1.5 million dollars. Following the storm...
an inch or more of snow remained on the ground for 63
consecutive days through January 27...1984. This is the
longest period of continuous snow cover ever recorded in
In 1990...an early winter storm deposited 2 to 8 inches of
wet snow across metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 3.4 inches
at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
gusted to 30 mph on the 26th.
In 1993...strong winds swept off the foothills across metro
Denver. Sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph were common across
the area. Wind gusts to 67 mph were recorded atop Squaw
Mountain near Idaho Springs. West winds gusted to 36 mph
at Stapleton International Airport on the 26th. The strong
winds produced some blowing snow...reducing the visibility
to less than one mile at times.
In 1995...snowfall totaled 3.7 inches at the former Stapleton
International Airport site. The foothills west of Denver
received 4 to 7 inches of snow. North-northeast winds
gusted to 34 mph at Denver International Airport on the
27 In 1965...strong winds buffeted Boulder...causing 11 thousand
dollars in damage. Wind gusts to 75 mph were recorded
downtown. West winds gusted to 38 mph at Stapleton
In 1994...winds gusted to 87 mph atop Squaw Mountain...5 miles
south of Idaho Springs...and to 84 mph on Fritz Peak near
Rollinsville in the foothills southwest of Boulder.
Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton International