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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SUN JUL 3 2016

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

29-15 In 2000...the 29th marked the beginning of a near record hot
        streak for metro Denver.  The high recorded
        at Denver International Airport...exceeded the 90 degree mark
        for 17 consecutive days from June 29th through July 15th.
        The record of 24 consecutive 90 degree or above days was
        set from July 13th through August 5th...2008.
1-18  In 1874...a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        tied for second with another streak that was later set
        in the summer of 1901. The record of 24 consecutive days
        was established in the summer of 2008.
1-31  In was the hottest July on record in Denver since
        weather records began in 1872.  The average temperature for
        the month was 78.9 degrees which was 4.7 degrees above
        normal. There were 27 days in which the high temperature
        equaled or exceeded 90 degrees...which established a new
        record.  There were also 7 days in which the temperature
        equaled or exceeded 100 degrees which tied the record
        set in 2005.
3     In 1874...the temperature climbed to a high of 101 degrees
        in downtown Denver.
      In 1881...the all time highest recorded daily minimum
        temperature of 77 degrees occurred in the city.  This
        was also the highest daily minimum temperature ever
        recorded in July.
      In 1885...a severe thunderstorm produced hail the size of
        hazel nuts...which fell with great force.  A telegraph
        pole in west Denver was struck by lightning and shattered
        to pieces.
      In 1955...a brief microburst wind gust to 61 mph was recorded
        at Stapleton Airport.
      In 1960...a major hail storm caused 1.5 million dollars in
        damage across metro Denver.  The heaviest damage occurred in
        south Denver...Englewood...Littleton...and Golden from wind-
        driven hail as large as golf balls and heavy rain which
        caused flooding.  Winds were estimated at 60 to 70 mph.
        Rainfall was estimated at 2 to 3 inches.  Hail accumulated
        3 to 4 inches deep in some sections.  Hail carried by flood
        waters drifted 3 to 4 feet deep.  An Englewood policeman was
        injured when hail broke the windshield of his car.  One inch
        of rain in 10 minutes...and heavy hail damage were reported in
        Parker.  At some places the hail from the storm was still on
        the ground the next morning.
      In 1967...large hail stones from 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches in
        diameter damaged cars and buildings in southwest Denver and
        Littleton where hail drifted to depths of 3 to 4 feet.  The
        hail caused a great deal of damage...and streets were flooded
        by heavy rain over many sections of west metro Denver.  At
        Centennial Race Track near Littleton...a few hail stones
        were as large as tennis balls.  Large hail broke the
        windshield on a Littleton police car.  Golf ball to tennis
        ball size hail fell in the vicinity of Arapahoe Road and
        South Broadway.  One inch diameter hail fell at the
        intersection of Orchard and South University.  Golf ball
        size hail fell in Broomfield.  Hail in Westminster was
        measured from 1 to 1 1/4 inches in diameter.  Tornadoes
        were sighted by the public near Cherry Creek Reservoir...
        north of Commerce City...and in Arvada...but caused no
        reportable damage.
      In 1993...high winds developed behind a strong cold front along
        portions of the Front Range.  While the strongest winds were
        reported north of metro Denver...the winds blew out a half
        inch thick pane of glass from a vacant 9-story building.
        The glass landed on a parked car below.  West winds gusting
        to 52 mph kicked up some blowing dust at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1996...lightning sparked a small fire near Buffalo Creek
        in southern Jefferson County.  Only one acre burned before
        the fire was contained.
      In 2002...heavy thunderstorm rain washed out a frontage road
        6 miles north of Larkspur.  The nearby Mountain Ranch
        subdivision was also flooded.  Heavy rainfall in the
        Hayman Fire burn area washed out a secondary road when
        debris from the runoff blocked a culvert.  Hail as large
        as 3/4 inch fell near Castle Rock...and
        7 miles to the south of Castle Rock.
      In 2005...severe thunderstorms produced high winds.  Wind
        gusts to 75 mph were measured near Longmont and to 60 mph
        just west of Boulder.  No damage was reported.
      In 2007...severe thunderstorms produced large hail in the
        foothills and suburbs west of Denver.  Large hail from
        1 to 2 inches in diameter was reported in the vicinity of
        Idaho Springs...Rollins and Edgewater.
      In 2009...severe thunderstorms produced large hail and
        north and east of Denver.  Hail up to one inch in
        diameter was observed near Erie and Firestone.  Hail up
        to 1 3/4 inches was observed 5 to 6 miles west-southwest
        of Byers.  The golfball size hail caused extensive damage
        to a wheat field.  In Aurora...six children received minor
        injuries when lightning struck a nearby tree.  The
        injuries occurred when they were knocked down by the blast.
        None of the children suffered burns or appeared to have
        been directly hit by lightning.
      In 2014...a severe thunderstorm produced large...up to 1 1/2
        inches in diameter...about 14 miles northwest of Golden.

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