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NOUS45 KBOU 270145
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
645 PM MST SAT NOV 26 2016
...This week 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
28 In 1884...a windstorm during the afternoon produced northwest
sustained winds to 46 mph. Two wooden slats were blown
out of the weather instrument shelter...and nearly all of
the slats on the north and west sides were loosened.
In 1898...northwest winds were sustained to 50 mph with
gusts as high as 80 mph.
In 1902...northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
to 48 mph. The strong apparent bora winds warmed the
temperature to a high of only 40 degrees.
In 1904...northwest winds sustained to 44 mph with gusts to
58 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 58 degrees.
In 1927...strong west winds occurred in Boulder...causing
widespread minor damage. A wind gust to 65 mph was
recorded at Valmont east of Boulder. The west winds
possibly produced a cyclonic twist.
In 1928...heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches over downtown
In 1957...a vigorous cold front produced north-northeast wind
gusts to 54 mph at Stapleton Airport. Light snow following
the front totaled only 0.2 inch.
In 1970...strong chinook winds reached 77 mph in downtown
In 1978...wind gusts 60 to 90 mph were reported in and near
In 1984...high winds of 60 to 80 mph occurred along the Front
Range eastern foothills. In Boulder...the high winds blew
the roof off a service station. Several trees were felled...
damaging some cars. An elderly woman was injured when she
was knocked down by a wind gust and blown 20 feet into some
bushes. Northwest winds gusted to 36 mph at Stapleton
In 1994...winds gusted to 72 mph in Boulder. No damage was
reported. Northwest winds gusted to 35 mph at Stapleton
28-29 In 1908...heavy snowfall overnight and for most of the day
on the 29th totaled 12.5 inches. Precipitation was
1.09 inches. Northwest winds were sustained to 26 mph
on the 29th.
In 1928...a major storm dumped 15.5 inches of snowfall on
downtown Denver. North winds were sustained to 18 mph
with gusts to 19 mph on the 28th.
In 1992...an upper level storm system moved across metro
Denver...but left only a dusting of snow. Snowfall totaled
only 1.6 inches at Stapleton International Airport where
north winds gusted to 25 mph. Other snow amounts included:
8 inches at Conifer...6 inches at Lake Eldora...3 inches at
Rollinsville and in southeast Denver.
In 1997...a storm system tracking across northern New Mexico
produced strong north to northeast upslope flow against
the eastern slopes of the Front Range and Palmer Ridge.
Snowfall totals in Jefferson County included: 14 inches
near Deckers; 12 inches at Castle Rock and Sedalia; 10
inches near Conifer...11 miles southwest of Morrison...and
at Buffalo Creek. Elsewhere...snow accumulations were less.
Snowfall totaled only 0.7 inch at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport on the 27th and 28th.
In 2004...heavy snow fell in the foothills and across metro
Denver. In the foothills...snowfall totals included: 13
inches at Roxborough State Park and Eldorado Springs...
11.5 inches near Conifer...11.0 inches near Nederland...and
10 inches near Indian Hills. Across metro Denver snowfall
totaled 14 inches near Sedalia...9 inches near Louisville...
8 inches at Ralston Reservoir...and 5.1 inches in the
Stapleton area of Denver. Northeast winds gusted to 28
mph at Denver International Airport on the 28th.
In 2006...a slow moving storm system brough heavy snow to
the mountains and to the eastern foothills where snowfall
ranged from 8 to 18 inches. Some of the more impressive
snow totals included: 18 inches at Genesee...17.5 inches
near Boulder...17 inches at Aspen Springs...16.5 inches 10
miles northwest of Golden...15 inches at Eldorado Springs...
14.5 inches in Idaho Springs and near Jamestown...12 inches
in Grant and near Indian Hills...11.5 inches near Blackhawk...
11 inches at Gross Reservoir and Eldora...and 10.5 inches
in Conifer. Across metro Denver...storm total snowfall
generally ranged from 5 to 9 inches with the heaviest
amounts near the foothills in Boulder and Jefferson
counties. The most impressive totals included: 15.5
inches at Ken Caryl...12 inches in Boulder...7.5 inches near
Morrison...and 7 inches near both Chatfield and Ralston
reservoirs. Snowfall totaled only 4.2 inches in the Denver
Stapleton area. Northeast winds gusted to 31 mph at Denver
International Airport on the 28th.
28-30 In 1991...a winter storm dumped heavy snow in the foothills
and near the Palmer Divide with 10 inches recorded at
Conifer and Golden Gate Canyon...12 inches in Morrison...
6 inches at Castle Rock and Parker. Only 3.4 inches of
snow fell at Stapleton International Airport where north
winds gusting to 35 mph on the 29th...produced some blowing
snow. Some light freezing drizzle also fell on the 28th
29 In 1877...the all-time lowest recorded minimum temperature
in the month of November...18 degrees below zero...occurred.
The high temperature for the day was 16 degrees.
In 1899...northwest winds were sustained to 51 mph with gusts
as high as 60 mph. The chinook winds warmed the temperature
to a maximum of 74 degrees...a record high for the date and
the warmest of the month that year. The minimum temperature
was only 39 degrees.
In 1927...post-frontal rain changed to snow and totaled
5.8 inches over downtown Denver. Northeast winds were
sustained to 22 mph.
In 1977...85 mph winds were reported at Wondervu in the
foothills southwest of Boulder. Northwest winds gusted
to 39 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1980 strong chinook winds reached 85 mph in Boulder...
blowing traffic signals and street lights down. Some
windows were shattered by the wind. West winds gusted
to 37 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1994...high winds blew across the Front Range eastern
foothills. Wind gusts to 92 mph occurred atop Squaw
Mountain...5 miles south of Idaho Springs...and to 82 mph on
Fritz Peak near Rollinsville in the foothills southwest
of Boulder. A wind gust to 75 mph was recorded at
Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield. Northwest winds
gusted to only 35 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
No damage was reported.
29-30 In 2008...a storm system produced locally heavy bands of snow
across Douglas...Elbert and eastern Jefferson counties.
Northerly winds gusting to 50 mph caused snow drifts
to pile up to 2 feet in depth. Storm totals included: 12
inches just southwest of Kassler...11.5 inches...6.5 miles
southwest of Castle Rock; 11 inches...8.4 miles southeast of
Aurora and 9 miles west of Littleton; 10 inches at Louviers...
8 inches...2 miles west-southwest of Highlands Ranch and 5
miles south-southeast of Sedalia...and 7.5 inches...14 miles
west-southwest of Agate and at Castle Pines. At Denver
International Airport...2 inches of snow was observed.
North winds gusted to 46 mph on the 30th.
30 In 1899...west winds were sustained to 45 mph with gusts as
high as 48 mph.
In 1903...west winds sustained to 44 mph with gusts to
54 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 57 degrees.
In 1981...strong winds blasted the foothills. In Wondervu...
winds were clocked to 81 mph with many other locations
in the foothills reporting over 60 mph. Northwest winds
gusted to 28 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1986...the worst snow storm of the season dumped from 5.0
inches of snow at Stapleton International Airport to 14
inches over the higher southwestern suburbs. On the Sunday
after Thanksgiving...one of the busiest travel days of the
year at Stapleton International Airport...two of the four
runways were closed and flights were delayed up to four
hours. Near-blizzard conditions prevailed on the plains
east of Denver...closing both I-70 and I-76 for a time.
North wind gusts to 36 mph were recorded at Stapleton
In 2000...strong winds raked metro Denver. In Thornton...a
construction worker was critically injured when the
scaffolding on which he was standing collapsed...throwing
him 25 feet to the ground. West winds gusted to 54 mph
at Denver International Airport.
30-1 In 1929...heavy snow blanketed the city. Snowfall totaled
9.8 inches downtown. North winds were sustained to 32
mph with gusts to 37 mph on the 30th.
In 1970...high winds blasted Boulder and the eastern plains.
In Boulder...a wind gust to 112 mph was recorded at the
National Center for Atmospheric Research with a gust to
96 mph at the National Bureau of Standards. In downtown
Boulder...wind gusts reached 76 mph. At Stapleton
International Airport...winds gusted to 47 mph. The high
winds caused widespread light to moderate property damage
across most of metro Denver. Roofs...signs...trees...power
lines...and other property were damaged. Blowing dust
reduced visibility to near zero over most of eastern
Colorado. Several mobile homes...campers...and semi-
trailers were blown off the highways north of Denver.
In 1985...an intrusion of cold Arctic air into metro Denver
resulted in setting 3 temperature records. The temperature
climbed to only 17 degrees on the 30th...setting a record low
maximum for the date. On the 1st...the temperature plunged
to 6 degrees below zero...setting a record low for the date...
and warmed to only 7 degrees...setting a record low maximum
for the date.
30-2 In 1975...very strong chinook winds up to 100 mph caused
damage to homes...aircraft...aircraft hangars...mobile homes...
cars...and power lines along the eastern foothills. Strong
northwest winds gusted to 39 mph at Stapleton International
Airport on both the 30th and the 1st.
1 In 1899...northwest chinook winds were sustained to 47 mph
with gusts to 60 mph. The strong chinook winds warmed
the temperature to a high of 61 degrees...the warmest
of the month. The low temperature dipped to only 39
In 1972...strong chinook winds gusted in excess of 65 mph in
Boulder. There were no reports of damage. Northwest
winds gusted to 38 mph at Stapleton International
In 1992...strong winds continued through the early morning
hours. Wind gusts to over 70 mph were measured at
reporting sites in the foothills west of Denver. In west
Boulder...wind gusts reached 71 mph with 77 mph measured at
Rollinsville. At Stapleton International Airport northwest
winds gusted to 39 mph. The Walker Ranch...an historic site
west of Boulder...burned down overnight during the high wind
event. Although the winds did not cause the fire...they did
hamper efforts to extinguish the blaze.
In 1996...high winds howled in and near the Front Range
foothills. Winds gusted to 105 mph at Wondervu southwest
of Boulder and to 70 mph at Jefferson County Airport near
Broomfield. West winds gusted to only 24 mph at Denver
1-2 In 1933...apparent post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 8.0
inches across downtown Denver. North winds were sustained
to 17 mph with an extreme velocity to 18 mph on the 1st.
In 1981 strong winds gusted to over 70 mph along the
foothills. A peak gust to 100 mph was recorded at
Wondervu. A gust to 94 mph was recorded just west of
Boulder. Roofs on houses were damaged in the Evergreen
area...and some mobile homes also were damaged. At
Stapleton International Airport...northwest winds gusted
44 mph on the 1st and 37 mph on the 2nd.
1-5 In 1913...the 1st marked the start of the heaviest 5-day
total snowfall in the city`s history. During this period
snowfall totaled 45.7 inches. Starting on the 1st...snow
fell intermittently for 3 days and accumulated a little
over 8 inches. On the 4th and 5th...an additional 37.4
inches of snow fell. At Georgetown in the foothills west
of Denver even more snow fell...86 inches over the 5 days
with the most...63 inches...on the 4th. In Colorado...snowfall
was heavy along the eastern slopes of the mountains from the
Palmer Divide north. High winds during the storm caused
heavy drifting...which blocked all transportation. Snow
cover of an inch or more from the storm persisted for
60 consecutive days from the 1st through January 29...1914.
Additional snowfall in December and January prolonged the
number of days. This is the third longest period of snow
cover on record in the city.
2 In 1893...northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts
to 46 mph. Snowfall was only 1.4 inches in the city.
In 1895...0.01 inch of melted snow from 0.7 inch of snowfall
was the only measurable precipitation of the month in
downtown Denver...ranking the month the 3rd driest December
In 1899...post-frontal northeast winds sustained to 44 mph
with gusts to 59 mph caused the temperature to plunge
from a high of 55 degrees to a low of 15 degrees.
Snowfall was only 1.0 inch.
In 1902...apparent post-frontal northwest winds were sustained
to 45 mph with gusts to 53 mph. A trace of snow fell.
In 1905...only a trace of snow fell in downtown Denver.
This was the only snow and precipitation for the month...
ranking the month the second driest and the second least
snowiest December on record.
In 1921...snowfall was 5.5 inches in downtown Denver.
Northwest winds were sustained to 24 mph with an
extreme velocity of 25 mph.
In 1951...a vigorous Pacific cold front produced a northwest
wind gust to 51 mph at Stapleton Airport where brief
blowing dust was observed.
In 1957...a strong Pacific cold front produced northwest wind
gusts to 54 mph at Stapleton Airport where the surface
visibility was briefly reduced to 1 1/2 miles in blowing
In 1977...high winds in Boulder lifted a warehouse from its
foundation and ripped it apart. Wind gusts from 60 to 103
mph toppled and injured a man while walking. Winds were
clocked to 104 mph at Nederland...100 mph at Morrison...and
62 mph at Rocky Flats. Northwest winds gusted to 41 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1996...for the second day in a row high winds ripped the
Front Range foothills. Winds gusted to 81 mph in Golden
Gate Canyon. West-northwest winds gusted to 37 mph at
Denver International Airport.
In 2013...high winds developed ahead of an approaching storm
system. The strong winds downed several trees around
Evergreen. Peak wind gusts included: 79 mph...4 miles
west-southwest of Eldorado Springs; 78 mph...3 miles south
of Evergreen; 75 mph and the NCAR Mesa Lab; and 69 mph in
2-3 In 1955...snowfall totaled only 2.9 inches at Stapleton
Airport. This was the only measurable snowfall of the
In 1973...post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 7.6 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
gusting to 37 mph caused some blowing snow.
In 1990...strong downslope winds raked the eastern foothills
and most of metro Denver. A wind gust to 87 mph was
recorded at Rollinsville with wind gusts to 58 mph in
Arvada and 55 mph in Lakewood. West winds gusted to
48 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 2nd.
In 1997...heavy snow fell in the foothills. Conifer
received 10 inches of new snow. Snowfall totaled
only 2.4 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport on the 1st...2nd...and 3rd. North
winds gusted to 24 mph at Denver International Airport
on the 2nd.
2-4 In 1909...post-frontal snowfall totaled 6.1 inches in
downtown Denver. Most of the snow...5.9 inches...fell
between 6:00 PM on the 2nd and 6:00 PM on the 3rd.
North winds were sustained to 18 mph on both the 2nd
2-17 In 1939...more than 2 weeks of unseasonably warm weather
made the month the 3rd warmest on record. Seven daily
temperature records were set...including the all time
record high temperature for the month of 79 degrees on
the 5th. Daytime highs were balmy with 14 days in the
60`s and 70`s. Low temperatures dipped to freezing or
below on only 5 days. The period was dry with only a
trace of snow on the 12th.
3 In 1977...high winds continued in Boulder and were clocked
from 74 to 90 mph...causing only minor damage. Northwest
winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton International Airport
where the strong chinook winds warmed the temperature to
a high of 63 degrees.
In 1985...wind gusts to 78 mph were clocked at Table Mesa in
Boulder. Winds gusted to 70 mph at Echo Lake west of
In 2011...Another round of snow developed in and near the
Front Range Foothills. The heaviest snowfall occurred in
the foothills of Boulder and northern Jefferson Counties.
Storm totals included: 13 inches...7 miles southwest of
Boulder; 10.5 inches...4 miles east-northeast of Nederland;
10 inches at Genesee; 9.5 inches...4 miles west-northwest
of Boulder; 9 inches at Gross Reservoir and 4 miles east
of Pinecliffe. Around the Urban Corridor...storm totals
ranged from 3 to 8 inches...heaviest in and around Boulder.
At Denver International Airport...3 inches of snow fell.
3-4 In 1968...strong chinook winds in Boulder gusting to 52 mph
downtown caused 7 thousand dollars in damage. Flying
debris damaged cars...houses...and other property in Boulder.
West winds gusted to 49 mph late on the 3rd and to 45 mph
on the 4th at Stapleton International Airport where the
temperature climbed to a high of 60 degrees on the 4th.
In 1970...strong winds whistled through Boulder. Sustained
winds of 40 mph with gusts to 70 mph were recorded at the
National Bureau of Standards in Boulder. Wind gusts to 50
mph occurred in downtown Denver. No damage was reported.
On the 3rd...northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton
International Airport where the chinook winds warmed the
temperature to a high of 66 degrees on the 4th.
In 1999...heavy snow fell over the foothills and metro Denver.
The heaviest snowfall occurred in the foothills south of
I-70 and near the Palmer Divide. Snowfall totals included:
25 inches near Tiny Town; 18 inches at Conifer; 15 inches
near Evergreen; 14 inches at Chief Hosa...8 miles west of
Castle Rock...and near Blackhawk; 12 inches at Pine Junction
and 8 miles south of Sedalia; 11 inches atop Floyd Hill and
in Roxborough; and 10 inches at Castle Rock. Around metro
Denver...snowfall totals included: 10 inches at Highlands
Ranch...9 inches at Parker...and 8 inches in Aurora and
Wheat Ridge. Elsewhere around the metro area...snowfall
generally ranged from 3 to 5 inches. Only 3.2 inches of
snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport. North winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver
International Airport on the 3rd.
In 2007...high winds developed in and near the Front Range
Foothills. Peak wind reports included: 88 mph atop Niwot
Ridge; 87 mph atop Mines Peak; 80 mph...3 miles southeast of
Jamestown; 78 mph at Longmont; 74 mph at Table Mesa. A
few power outages occurred in Longmont as broken branches
downed power lines. Northwest winds gusted to 38 mph at
Denver International Airport on the 4th.
In 2013...a storm system brought heavy snow to parts of the
Front Range Foothills. Storm totals included: 12 inches...
7 miles west-southwest of Evergreen; 10.5 inches...3 miles
north of Bailey; 9.5 inches...3 miles west of Jamestown and
5 miles northeast of Ward; 9 inches in Bailey...8.5 inches...
3 miles north of Conifer.
3-15 In 1972...a protracted cold spell held an icy grip on metro
Denver when maximum temperatures never reached above
freezing for 10 consecutive days from the 3rd through
the 12th and minimum temperatures dipped below zero on
eleven consecutive days from the 5th through the 15th.
Daily low temperature records were set with 15 degrees
below zero on the 5th...17 degrees below zero on the 6th...
and 18 degrees below zero on the 10th. Daily record low
maximum readings were set with 3 degrees on the 6th and
6 degrees on the 9th. The very cold temperatures were
caused by 3 to 5 inches of snow cover and a Canadian air