Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT JUL 9 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 temperatures...as 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 2012...it 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.
6-23 In 1901...a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees
tied for second with another streak set in the summer of
1874. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in
the summer of 2008.
7-25 In 1934...a streak of 15 consecutive days of 90 degrees
ranked 5th on the list of hot streaks. The record of
24 consecutive days was established in the summer of
9 In 1872...a very brisk wind between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM
spread a cloud of dust and sand into the city.
In 1874...northeast winds at sustained speeds up to 36 mph
blew immense clouds of dust from the prairie through the
streets of the city around mid-morning. The houses
across the street from the weather station were not
visible at the peak of the storm.
In 1875...heavy thunderstorm rains caused stream flooding...
which damaged nearly all railroads into the city. Rainfall
in the city was only 0.14 inch.
In 1953...heavy thunderstorm rains caused an estimated
2 million dollars damage from flooded stores and basements
across metro Denver. The flood waters reached a depth of
3 feet on streets in some sections of the city...damaging
streets and automobiles. The heavy rainfall at Lowry Air
Force Base totaled 3.90 inches. At Stapleton Airport where
the heavy rain briefly reduced the surface visibility to
1/2 mile...only 1.05 inches of rain were measured. North
winds gusting to 52 mph caused some damage in east Denver.
In 1982...two small tornadoes were spotted east of Rocky Flats...
and a tornado touched down briefly 5 miles east of Brighton.
No damage was reported.
In 1984...heavy rain fell over southern sections of metro
Denver. Rainfall totaled 1.50 inches in just 15 minutes
between Littleton and Sedalia.
In 1987...a thunderstorm microburst produced a wind gust of 58
mph at Erie north of Denver.
In 1988...hail to 3/4 inch in diameter piled up 2 to 4 inches
deep in Idaho Springs. Some basements were flooded and
several thousand gallons of fuel were contaminated when
water flooded a gasoline storage tank. A tornado sighted
near Manilla 5 miles west of Bennett remained on the
ground for 9 minutes. No damage was reported.
In 1990...a severe thunderstorm produced a tornado and heavy
rain over northeast metro Denver. As much as 4 inches of
rain fell in just 20 minutes in Commerce City...causing the
South Platte River to rise quickly and flood lowland areas.
The raging flood waters caused extensive damage to a 30-foot
stretch of railroad track embankment...destroyed a railroad
trestle and a nearby garage...and washed away a vintage
1960`s show car near east 58th Avenue and York Street. The
car was found a couple of miles downstream in a pool of deep
mud and murky water. Rainfall totaled 1.34 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where 1/2 inch diameter hail
fell. The same thunderstorm produced a brief tornado in a
vacant field near 64th Avenue and Tower Road just east of
the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. No damage was reported from the
twister. Lightning from the storm caused power outages to
as many as 7 thousand homes and businesses.
In 1996...a tornado (F0) was reported 5 miles south of Hudson.
No damage was reported. Twin weak tornadoes (F0) formed
for a short time near the northeast runways at Denver
International Airport. Less than 15 minutes later...a weak
tornado (F0) touched down in the employee parking lot at
DIA. Several car windows were blown out...and a few vehicles
sustained minor body damage from flying debris. Several
signs were also blown down. Later...twin weak tornadoes (F0)
touched down again in open country between DIA and Watkins.
In 2004...severe thunderstorms produced hail to 3/4 inch in
diameter near Tiny Town and wind gusts to 66 mph in Bennett.
A thunderstorm wind gust to 56 mph was measured at Denver
In 2005...a thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 54 mph at
Denver International Airport.
9-10 In 1980...a series of severe thunderstorms hit metro Denver...
dumping heavy rain and producing a spectacular lightning
display lasting for several hours. A number of homes were
damaged by lightning. Winds gusted to 60 mph at Stapleton
International Airport where about half an inch of rain fell
in just 10 minutes along with 1/4 inch diameter hail. The
evening thunderstorms continued into the early morning hours
with total rainfall of 1.35 inches at Stapleton International
In 1998...thunderstorm rainfall totaled 2.04 inches at the
site of the former Stapleton International Airport.