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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT THU OCT 26 2017

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

26    In 2010...very strong winds during the day knocked down power
        lines in parts of Boulder.  The downed electrical lines
        sparked a small brush fire near Columbine Elementary
        School.  Strong wind gusts also damaged the tennis bubble
        at the Millenium Harvest House. In Northglenn. a tree was
        knocked down and caused minor damage to a mini-van parked
        nearby.  Peak wind gusts included: 70 mph at Berthoud...67
        mph at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield...
        63 mph at the Rocky Flats National Wind Technology Center
        and 59 mph at the NCAR Mesa Laboratory...3 miles southwest
        of Boulder.  West winds gusted to 43 mph at Denver
        International Airport.
      In 2011...a powerful early season storm brought heavy snow
        to the Front Range and adjacent plains. The heavy...wet
        snow caused extensive downed large branches and in some
        cases...entire trees. Massive power outages occurred from
        Fort Collins and Greeley south to Denver and the
        surrounding metro area. Most of the trees still had their
        leaves...which helped to catch snow and down trees under
        the weight of the moisture laden snow. Nearly two hundred
        thousand utility customers along the Front Range were
        without heat and electricity for several hours. The Red
        Cross opened four temporary shelters overnight until the
        power could be restored. The outages also forced the
        closure of the Boulder Criminal Justice Center the
        following day. The fallen trees and branches also caused
        extensive property damage to roofs and automobiles. In
        the Front Range mountains and foothills...storm totals
        included 19.8 inches...3 miles west of Jamestown; 18
        inches...5 miles west of Copper; 13 inches...3 miles north
        of Blackhawk and 3 miles south of Evergreen...4 miles
        east-northeast of Nederland and Lake Eldora; 12 inches
        at Berthoud SNOTEL. Across the Urban Corridor storm
        totals included: 11.5 inches in Boulder; 9.5 inches at
        the National Weather Service in Boulder; 9 inches...1 mile
        southwest of Westminster; 8.5 inches in Broomfield...
        Denver International Airport...Frederick and Louisville;
        8 inches in Aurora...7 inches in Watkins; with 6 inches
        in Arvada.
26    In 1995...winds gusting from 100 to near 110 mph pounded the
        foothills northwest of Denver.  At Nederland winds gusted
        to 100 mph and to 70 mph in Coal Creek Canyon.  Atop
        Squaw Mountain west of Denver wind gusts to 108 mph were
        recorded.  The strong winds downed some trees and caused
        power outages.  West-northwest winds gusted to 47 mph at
        Denver International Airport.
26-27 In 1971...strong winds raked Boulder.  At the National Bureau
        of Standards wind gusts to 62 mph were recorded...while in
        downtown Boulder winds peaked to 48 mph.  At Stapleton
        International Airport...northwest winds gusted to 38 mph on
        the 26th and north winds gusted to 36 mph on the 27th.
      In 1976...the first measurable snow of the season turned into
        a major storm.  Traffic was halted for several hours on
        highways to the west of Denver where 8 to 12 inches of
        snow fell in the foothills.  Snowfall totaled 7.2 inches
        at Stapleton International Airport where north winds
        gusted to 30 mph.  Most of the snow...6.3 inches...fell
        all day on the 26th.  The greatest snow depth on the
        ground was 5 inches on the morning of the 27th.

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