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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST TUE DEC 27 2016

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

25-31 In 1980...temperatures were unusually warm during the week
        between Christmas and New Year`s.  High temperatures for
        the week ranged from the mid-50`s to the mid-70`s.  Four
        temperature records were set.  Record highs occurred on
        the 26th with 68 degrees...the 27th with 75 degrees...and
        the 30th with 71 degrees.  A record high minimum
        temperature of 41 degrees occurred on the 27th.
26-27 In 1954...a major storm dumped heavy snow across metro Denver.
        Snowfall totaled 8.6 inches at Stapleton Airport.  The
        storm produced the heaviest snowfall of the calendar year
        and was the only measurable snowfall in December.
      In 1987...a snowstorm stalled in northeastern
        metro Denver its worst winter storm in 4 years.  Total
        snowfall from the storm ranged from 12 to 18 inches on the
        east side...1 to 2 feet in Boulder County...and 2 to 3 feet
        in western and southern parts of metro Denver.  The
        largest reported snowfall was 42 inches at Intercanyon in
        the foothills southwest of Denver.  Snowfall totaled 14.9
        inches at Stapleton International Airport.  Winds were light
        on the 26th...but increased as high as 40 mph on the 27th...
        creating near-blizzard conditions and forcing complete
        closure of Stapleton International Airport for about
        8 hours.  The strong winds whipped drifts to 5 feet high
        on the east side of town.  All interstate highways leading
        from Denver were closed on the 27th.
26-28 In 1979 a heavy snow storm dumped 6 to 10 inches of snow over
        the metro area and 15 to 20 inches at Boulder with up to 2
        feet in the foothills west of Boulder.  Heavy snowfall
        totaled 6.0 inches at Stapleton International Airport
        where north winds gusted to 21 mph.  Most of the snow...
        4.8 inches...fell on the 27th.
27    In 1895...west chinook winds sustained to 44 mph with gusts
        to 48 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 52 degrees.
      In apparent cold front produced sustained north
        winds to 41 mph with gusts to 48 mph.
      In 1957...northwest winds gusting to 52 mph produced some
        blowing dust across metro Denver.
      In 1975...a northwest wind gust to 53 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1976...a strong Pacific cold front moving across metro
        Denver produced a northwest wind gust to 53 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1990...high winds raked the eastern foothills with a wind
        gust to 84 mph clocked on Fritz Peak near Rollinsville.
        The strong northwest winds of 50 to 70 mph whipped newly
        fallen snow over higher areas into billowy clouds several
        hundred feet high that could be seen from most locations
        across metro Denver.
      In 1996...another round of high winds developed over portions
        of the Front Range foothills during the morning hours.
        Several wind gusts from 70 to 100 mph were reported at
        Wondervu southwest of Boulder.  West-northwest winds
        gusted to 38 mph at Denver International Airport.
      In 2005...a trained weather observer in Georgetown recorded
        a wind gust to 94 mph.  No damage was reported.
      In 2007...a winter storm brought heavy snow to portions of the
        Urban Corridor and adjacent plains.  Storm totals generally
        ranged from 3 to 7 inches.  Locally heavier bands produced
        up to 10 inches of snow.  In the Urban Corridor...storm
        totals included:  10 inches...10 miles south-southeast
        of Buckley AFB and at Castle Pines; 9.5 inches...4 miles
        south-southeast of Aurora and Kassler; 7.5 inches...2 miles
        southeast of Highlands Ranch; 7 inches in Aurora and
        Sedalia; 6.5 inches in Arvada...4 miles east of Denver and
        Lafayette; 6 inches in Castle Rock and Thornton.  A
        measurement of 5.4 inches was taken at the former
        Stapleton International Airport.  The official total for
        the month was 20.9 inches; making it the 6th snowiest
        December on record.
27-28 In 1997...high winds combined with fresh snow from a previous
        storm caused highways to become slick from drifting snow
        and near whiteout conditions in localized ground blizzards.
        Strong winds blew snow across the runways at Centennial
        Airport...which glazed over and formed areas of ice.  Two
        planes were damaged when they slid off the runway while
        landing.  No injuries were reported.  Numerous accidents
        also occurred on I-25 and I-70 as ice formed under the
        same conditions.  A rollover accident which injured
        4 people on State Highway 93 near the Rocky Flats
        Environmental Test Facility was also attributed to the
        high winds.  The high winds caused an office building
        and showroom under construction in Golden to collapse.
        The largest wall was 180 feet long and 28 feet high.
        Some high wind reports included:  86 mph at Golden Gate
        Canyon...72 mph near Conifer...and 70 mph at Jefferson
        County Airport and the National Center for Atmospheric
        Research on the mesa near Boulder.  West-northwest winds
        gusted to 53 mph at Denver International Airport on the
      In 1998...damaging downslope winds formed in and near the
        foothills.  Peak wind gusts ranged from 71 to 114 mph.
        Numerous trees were blown down in Coal Creek Canyon and
        near Gross Reservoir.  Power lines were blown down...
        resulting in scattered outages.  Peak wind reports
        included:  114 mph at Wondervu...92 mph in Golden Gate
        Canyon...88 mph in Coal Creek Canyon...and 79 mph 8 miles
        west of Conifer.  West winds gusted to 46 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 28th.
27-29 In 1983...a second surge of bitter cold air in less than a
        week was less intense.  Record breaking low temperatures
        of 12 degrees below zero on the 28th and 15 degrees below
        zero on the 29th were accompanied by 3.7 inches of snowfall
        and northeast winds gusting to 23 mph.

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