Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 160959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST THU FEB 16 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
15-16 In 1889...heavy snowfall totaled 6.7 inches in downtown
Denver. Most of the snow...5.5 inches...fell on the 15th
when northeast winds were sustained to 18 mph.
In 1921...strong bora winds cooled maximum temperatures from
the 60`s on the previous 3 days to 54 degrees on the 15th
and to 43 degrees on the 16th. West winds were sustained
to 39 mph with gusts to 54 mph on the 15th and to 46 mph
with gusts to 56 mph on the 16th.
In 1953...strong...cold northwest winds were widespread from
the foothills across the plains. Near gale force winds
were observed in Boulder. A wind gust to 54 mph was
recorded at Stapleton Airport where blowing dust briefly
reduced the visibility to 1 1/2 miles. Damage was minor.
In 1993...an Arctic cold front pushed south over the eastern
Colorado plains with upslope snow developing behind the
front. Snowfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches were common over
metro Denver. At Stapleton International Airport...snowfall
totaled 4.5 inches and north winds gusted to 25 mph.
Temperatures hovered only in the single digits for most of
the day. The storm produced up to a foot of snow over
In 2006...overnight snowfall in the mountains and eastern
foothills contained a lot of red dust and dirt apparently
from Arizona. Strong southwest winds with gusts to 100 mph
in the San Juan mountains on the 15th created widespread
blowing dust. This red dust became entrained in snowfall
across the area. The reddish colored snow was reported
in Ward...Nederland...Blackhawk...and Boulder. The storm
produced only 0.9 inch of snowfall in the Stapleton area
of Denver with 4 to 5 inches measured in the foothills.
15-17 In 1938...a cold air mass brought a light snowfall of 6.2
inches over 3 days to downtown Denver where northeast
winds were sustained to 18 mph on the 15th.
16 In 1879...a sudden burst of 3 inches of snow in less than
90 minutes stopped the street cars in downtown Denver
during the late afternoon. Melted snow resulted in 0.16
inch of precipitation. Small soft hail also fell when
the snow began. A gentleman caught on the prairie between
Denver and Morrison described the event as the most severe
storm of the winter while it lasted.
In 1885...a windstorm caused severe damage in the city. The
strong winds blew all afternoon and most of the evening.
West winds were sustained to 62 mph. The strong winds
blew down signs and broke windows. Buggies and vehicles
of all kinds were blown over. Smokestacks and chimneys
were toppled. Roofs were blown off. The Denver and Rio
Grande Railroad car shop was partially unroofed and had
a wall blown down. Three railroad cars were blown off
the track. Many fences were damaged.
In 1897...west winds were sustained to 46 mph with gusts to
In 1912...northwest winds were sustained to 44 mph with a
measured extreme velocity to 45 mph.
In 1921...west winds were sustained to 46 mph.
In 1972...wind gusts to 58 mph were recorded at the National
Bureau of Standards in Boulder. In downtown Boulder...a
wind gust to 51 mph was measured. Northwest winds gusted
to 41 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1988...snowfall totaled 3 to 6 inches across metro Denver...
but 9 inches were measured in both Wheat Ridge and
Evergreen. At Stapleton International Airport...3.4 inches
of snow fell and northeast winds gusted to 26 mph. The
strong winds blew a scaffold against a hotel in downtown
Denver...breaking three windows.
In 1995...high winds occurred in the foothills behind a
departing winter storm. A wind gust to 91 mph was recorded
at Rollinsville with a gust to 82 mph atop Squaw Mountain
west of Denver. West winds gusted to only 20 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 2014...a peak wind gust to 59 mph...from the west...was
recorded at Denver International Airport.
16-17 In 1929...strong west winds gusting to 84 mph raked Boulder
and Lafayette. Limited minor damage and a few injuries
In 1986...strong chinook winds continued to howl in the
foothills. A wind gust to 89 mph was recorded at Table
Mesa in Boulder on the 16th. Winds of 60 to 75 mph were
clocked at other locations in Boulder on both days.
A west wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at Stapleton
International Airport on the 16th.
In 2014...high winds developed briefly overnight in and near
the foothills of Boulder and Jefferson Counties. Peak wind
reports included: 98 mph...4 miles north-northwest of White
Ranch Open Space; 85 mph at the NCAR Mesa Lab; 78 mph at
the Junction of Colorado Highways 93 and 172; and 75 mph
just southeast of Morrison. A semi-truck and an SUV pulling
a trailer were rolled over by the wind on Colorado 470 near
Morrison. Strong winds damaged a home under construction
16-18 In 1970...a wind gust to 90 mph was recorded in Boulder at the
National Center for Atmospheric Research. In downtown
Boulder...sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 53
mph were measured. Damage was minor. West winds gusted
to 45 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 17th.
The strong chinook winds warmed the temperature to 70
degrees on the 16th and to 72 degrees on the 17th...both
records for the date. The low temperature dipped to
only 32 degrees on the 16th equaling the record high
minimum for the date.