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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN JAN 1 2017

...Today in metro Denver weather history...

31-1  In 1900...low temperatures dipped to 19 degrees below zero on
        both days to establish daily record minimum temperatures.
      In 1975...only 4.2 inches of snow fell at Stapleton
        International Airport...while north of Denver a major
        blizzard raged.  All roads north of Denver into Wyoming
        were closed when strong winds whipped snow into 5 to 6
        foot drifts.  North winds gusted to 43 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport on the 31st...causing some blowing
        snow.  Freezing drizzle also fell on the 31st.
      In 1984...heavy snow fell in the foothills with 8 inches at
        Boulder and 6 inches in southern and western metro Denver.
        Only 1.5 inches of snow fell overnight at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1991...a New Year`s Eve snow storm dumped 2 to 8 inches of
        snow across northeastern Colorado.  Snowfall totaled 3.4
        inches at Stapleton International Airport.  The 1.9 inches
        of snow that fell on the 31st was the only measurable
        snowfall of the month.
      In 2008...another brief period of high winds occurred in and
        near the foothills of Boulder and Jefferson Counties.  In
        Nederland...the strong wind snapped a blue spruce which
        landed on a nearby propane tank.  Some roofs in the
        immediate area were damaged and power lines were downed;
        which left 126 residences without electricity for six
        hours.  Peak wind gusts included 90 mph at the National
        Wind Technology Center...and 89 mph; 6 miles northwest of
        Boulder.  At Denver International Airport...a peak wind gust
        of 23 mph was measured from the southwest.
31-6  In 1973...the 31st marked the start of a protracted cold spell
        that extended into January of 1974 when temperatures
        dipped below zero on 7 consecutive days.  Record daily
        minimum readings occurred on the 3rd and 5th when the
        temperature plunged to 17 degrees below zero on both days.
        A record low daily maximum temperature of only 4 degrees
        occurred on the 5th.
31-7  In 1941...a protracted cold spell through January 7...1942...
        produced below zero low temperatures on 7 of the 8 days.
        A low temperature of 2 degrees on the 3rd prevented a
        string of 8 days below zero.  The coldest days during the
        period were the 1st with a high of 2 degrees and
        a low of 9 degrees below zero...the 4th with a high of 2
        degrees and a low of 11 degrees below zero...and the 5th
        with a high of 26 degrees and a low of 12 degrees below
        zero.
1     In 1875...the temperature fell 27 degrees between 3:00 PM and
        5:00 PM.  The high for the day was 43 degrees...and the low
        was 8 degrees.  Occasional snow flurries fell during the
        day...but not enough to cover the ground.
      In 1885...dense smoke choked the skies over downtown Denver
        until midday.
      In 1910...a rare trace of light rain fell during the morning.
      In 1911...post-frontal northeast winds were sustained to 40 mph.
        Only a trace of snow fell in downtown Denver.
      In 1952...snowfall of 0.03 inch was the only measurable snowfall
        of the month and resulted in 0.01 inch of melted snow...the
        only precipitation of the month.
      In 1956...west-northwest winds gusted to 52 mph at Stapleton
        Airport.
      In 1996...the first snow storm of the New Year dumped more
        than a foot of snow in the Front Range foothills with 4 to
        9 inches across the western and southern sections of metro
        Denver.  Snow totals included: 14 inches at Conifer; 11
        inches at Evergreen; and 10 inches at Eldora Ski Resort...
        west of Boulder.  Snowfall totaled only 1.2 inches at the
        site of the former Stapleton International Airport.  North-
        northeast winds gusted to 30 mph at Denver International
        Airport.
      In 2003...only a trace of snow fell at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport.  This...along with a trace
        of snow on the 22nd...was the only snow of the month...which
        equaled the 1934 record for the least snowiest January.
1-2   In 1896...warm chinook winds on the 1st became cold bora winds
        on the 2nd.  Southwest winds sustained to 60 mph with gusts
        as high as 66 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 55
        degrees on the 1st.  Northwest winds sustained to 54 mph
        with gusts to 60 mph resulted in snowfall of 0.3 inch and
        a high temperature of only 31 degrees on the 2nd.
1-5   In 1940...the first days of the month were characterized by a
        mixture of drizzle...light snow...and fog.  Fog occurred on
        each day.  On the 4th and 5th considerable glazing resulted
        from freezing drizzle.  All objects were coated with a
        glaze on the windward side.  This resulted in very slippery
        streets...which caused several minor traffic accidents.  The
        glaze was not heavy enough to damage wires and cables.

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